More luck than judgement needed here as the 13 runners are all rated within 4lb of one another. A punt is taken on one of the less exposed in the shape of LUCKY DIME, whose third at this track three weeks ago was her first worthwhile form. Royal Alcor is similar in that he too ran his best race to date at Windsor last time and has scope for improvement. Apache Kid is returning from a long lay-off and Beauchamp Xiara needs further, but Excellent Vision and Mister Fantastic have solid claims at this level.
Apache Kid (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Prominent over 1f, mid-division, headway to chase leader 7f out until not much room 3f out, weakening when not much room well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 27l behind Jasmeno (9-5) at Folkestone 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug '10.
Beauchamp Xiara 8-1 (8-7) Soon shuffled back towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Shalambar (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Dandarrell 8-1 (9-3) Close 5th on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 12l behind Arkaim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Eilean Eeve 20-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 5th of 10, 10l behind Benny The Bear (9-4) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Excellent Vision 9-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon switched right, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Miss Villefranche (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Mister Fantastic 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, chased leader halfway, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 15, 16l behind Fitz (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
Number One Guy 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, well behind Royal Straight (8-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Poppy Golightly 9-1 (8-11) Keen tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Appyjack (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Royal Alcor (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden on outside over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Frontline Phantom (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f clm stks (6) gf in Oct.
Azurinta (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Took keen hold in mid-division on inside, one pace and no impression final 2f, 8th of 14, 7l behind Fifty Cents (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Eastward Ho 9-2 (9-2) Held up, slightly hampered and lost place over 3f out, headway 2f out, one pace final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Love Your Looks (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Lucky Dime 80-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden 1f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 9, 7l behind With Hindsight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Tortilla (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride always in rear, 10th of 11, 11l behind Witchry (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.