A few of these have been getting closer having slipped down the weights. Travis County is one of those as he finished second in heavy ground at Redcar last month but stablemate PELMANISM is just preferred. The latter was only beaten a length over a shorter trip here last time and is now 12lb lower than his most recent win. Eastern Hills is another on the slide but his five victories on the all-weather have been at Southwell and the less-exposed Ifan was still beaten nine lengths despite finishing third over C&D last month. Three-time C&D winner Piccolo Express may figure if at his best.
Travis County (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, soon hung right, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Kuwait Star (9-6) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Nov.
Pelmanism 11-4fav (9-5) Ridden along towards rear early, not clear run 3f out, headway when switched left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Speightowns Kid (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Hawk Moth (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, effort on outside over 1f out, never nearer, 11th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Golden Desert (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Strong Man 8-1 (9-3) Prominent, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 19, 7l behind Fama Mac (9-2) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Eastern Hills 13-2 (9-0) Led after 1f, hard ridden when strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Bold Marc (9-0) at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Ifan (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Kenny Powers (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Madame Kintyre 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division, hampered 5f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 7l behind Commanche (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ace Master 16-1 (8-6) Prominent, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 19, 11l behind Fama Mac (9-2) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Piccolo Express 15-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Maggie Pink (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Gracie's Gift (IRE) 15-2 (8-4) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 17, 39l behind Half A Crown (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.