MEGLIO ANCORA won here off a higher mark last year and gets the token vote. He finished third at Kempton recently and Josh Baudains' 5lb allowance should give him the edge in this. Katmai River and Appyjack both finished behind the selection last month, but Pendle Lady could figure with a recent comeback run under her belt. Vegas Belle has plummeted down the weights and Tornado Battle ran well here in between a couple of his more usual poor efforts.
Zavier (FR) 7-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 8l behind Hoppy's Flyer (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep '12.
Pendle Lady (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Behind until some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 12, 7l behind Rafaaf (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Ellaal 50-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and wide into straight 2f out, edged left and kept on final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Litmus (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Stanlow 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 6th of 8, 14l behind Triple Chocolate (9-5) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Tony Hollis 16-1 (8-9) Towards rear, hung left over 1f out, 14th of 15, 14l behind Lothair (10-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Sep.
Classy Trick (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 12l behind Krupskaya (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Meglio Ancora 20-1 (9-5) Prominent, pushed along and kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Boris The Bold (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Vegas Belle 66-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 8l behind Litmus (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Stoneacre Oskar 20-1 (9-0) Behind, not much room on inside over 2f out, soon outpaced, ridden and stayed on into mid-division inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 13l behind Be Royale (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
Tornado Battle 8-1 (9-5) Tracked winner, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 20l behind Better Value (9-5) at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Appyjack 7-2 (9-0) Dwelt, always towards rear, 9th of 11, 14l behind Boris The Bold (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Katmai River (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on to take 4th place towards finish, 4th of 11, 6l behind Boris The Bold (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Arte Del Calcio 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 7l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.