EXCELLENT AIM produced his best effort so far when second over the minimum trip at Southwell earlier this month. He looks the one to beat with a similar performance. Welsh Dancer showed his first worthwhile form when second at Ffos Las a fortnight ago, but that came on heavy ground, while Irish raider Sovereign Secure has earlier form that gives her a chance including a third at Dundalk. The remainder have shown little so far and are hard to fancy.
Excellent Aim 5-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden halfway, effort and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Nially Noo (9-0) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Fire Commander 80-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 8, 15l behind Acclamazing (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Good Timin' 7-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden halfway, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 8l behind Nially Noo (9-0) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Hootys Agogo 28-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, 9th of 13, 7l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Tunza The Lion Trade Fair gelding out of Bella Helena.
Welsh Dancer 20-1 (9-3) Led under stands' side rail, headed briefly over 1f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Rivas Rhapsody (8-12) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) hvy.
Cri Na Mara (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Deliberation (9-6) at Hamilton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Dililah 40-1 (9-0) Raced wide keen, held up, never on terms, 9th of 11, 12l behind Gala Spirit (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Powerball (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 25l behind Poppy (8-12) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Running Water 66-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, last of 8, 5l behind Griffin Point (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Sovereign Secure (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 8l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Oct.