Boom To Bust won a couple of races in Ireland last year and will have come on for last month's outing over hurdles when making his debut for a new trainer. Dubawi Island is a leading contender on his recent efforts in similar handicaps and Desert Vision is certainly good enough on his best form but was a big disappointment in a claimer at this track last time. SPIFER found the progressive Alfred Hutchinson too good when third over track and trip three weeks ago but that still looks the best recent form on offer and Marco Botti's charge gets the vote.
Spifer (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Prominent, challenged over 1f out, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cawett Cove (IRE) .
Boom To Bust (IRE) 3-1 (9-6) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 2f out, ridden and challenged 1f out, disputed inside final furlong, edged ahead close home, won at Bellewstown 1m hcp 60-90 hvy in Jul beating Cheval Rouge (8-7) by nk, 5 ran.
Dubawi Island (FR) 6-4fav (9-4) Led 1f, remained prominent, under pressure over 5f out, rallied over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Mawaakef (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Desert Vision 4-5fav (9-10) In touch, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Noble Jack (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
Act Your Shoe Size 11-1 (8-11) Led 2f, tracked leading pair, driven over 3f out, soon lost place and ridden, no chance with leading trio final 2f, 4th of 6, 16l behind Amaze (9-4) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Change The Subject (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 5l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Red Inca 13-8fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon challenged, led narrowly final 50 yards, kept on, caught post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Union Island (9-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Jun.
Copperwood 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Loyalty (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Calaf 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, not clear run from over 3f out until switched left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Bridle Belle (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Knowe Head (NZ) 5-1 (8-13) Dwelt, held up in last pair in touch, driven and headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, led inside final furlong, kept on, headed post, 2nd of 7, hd behind Saoi (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.