CANTOR failed to cope with a 5lb rise last time having won at this track before that. But given it's hard to make a decent case for any of today's opposition, Giles Bravery's charge gets the token vote. Bond Artist has six lengths to make up with the selection and Minimee has been well beaten since scoring over 7f at Yarmouth last month. Claude Monet and Ellaal have tumbled down the weights but both finished nearer last on their latest starts while Buaiteoir has the past form to figure.
Cantor 11-4 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 7l behind Buster Brown (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Claude Monet 50-1 (7-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 14, 27l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Ellaal 12-1 (8-13) In touch, pushed along 4f out, lost touch halfway, 8th of 9, 25l behind Hellbender (9-5) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Buaiteoir (FR) 10-1 (9-4) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 11, 12l behind Icy Blue (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Minimee 9-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 13, 10l behind Sonnetation (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Dansili Dutch (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Pressed leader until over 6f out, tracked leaders, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind That's Plenty (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Bond Artist (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, never nearer, 6th of 12, 6l behind Cantor (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
George Benjamin 100-1 (8-5) In rear, wide into straight over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Silly Billy (9-0) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs.
Bertie Blu Boy 20-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 14l behind Mcdelta (9-1) at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Aureolin Gulf 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Master Of Song (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Direct Trade 40-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace, 4th of 10, 12l behind Silly Billy (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.