None of these tick all the boxes. Saaboog sluiced up at Southwell last time but that was such a big improvement on his past form and he's been hit with a 12lb rise in the weights. Flying Power makes more appeal off a 3lb higher mark for his recent C&D win and Desert Vision beat higher-rated horses in a claimer here last time, though over a much shorter trip. The Lock Master ended the Turf season in decent form but has yet to score off a mark as high as today's so another chance goes to C&D winner EPIC STORM, back at this track after a fourth at Lingfield on his handicap bow.
Blizzard Blues (USA) 66-1 (9-9) Awkwardly away and dwelt, behind, edged left halfway, beaten when eased over 2f out, 16th of 19, well behind Veiled (9-3) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun '11.
The Lock Master (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 5, 14l behind Cracking Lass (8-11) at Leicester 1m 4f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Royal Peculiar 6-1 (9-1) Soon led, headed 4f out, weakened 2f out, behind final furlong, last of 8, 41l behind Into Wain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Desert Vision 13-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Super Say (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ascendant 16-1 (9-10) Led until ridden and headed over 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 11, 36l behind First Avenue (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 6f out, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 12, 26l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct '11.
Change The Subject (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Dwelt, behind, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 25l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Flying Power 11-1 (9-1) Prominent, led over 1f out, edged left, ridden inside final furlong, held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Fourth Generation (9-2) by nk, 12 ran.
Saaboog 9-1 (9-0) In touch, tracked leaders over 4f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct beating Honoured (8-12) by 9l, 13 ran.
Epic Storm (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Keen close up, ridden and edged left approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Focail Maith (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dumbarton (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Dwelt, always towards rear, 12th of 13, 15l behind Paene Magnus (9-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol in Nov.
Musnad (USA) 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure, never on terms, 4th of 10, 8l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.