Men Don't Cry has been thereabouts since winning at Ffos Las in July but is now 14lb higher in the weights. Amantius scored over track and trip last month though failed off a higher mark since and Royal Sea has been well beaten in three subsequent starts after a his win at Haydock back in August. Travel's best efforts could see her figure though she's proving inconsistent and a chance is taken on PONCHO, who was having his first start for nearly two years when finishing second here last month.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Cabuchon (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Royal Sea (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, pushed along and struggling 5f out, soon beaten, 9th of 11, 23l behind Mister Fizz (9-2) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Indian Giver 25-1 (8-9) In rear, short of room and not clear run entering final 2f, stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Absent Amy (9-9) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Ghufa (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 5f out, no chance after, 6th of 7, 15l behind Appeal (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan '12.
Amantius 5-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway over 5f out to chase leaders, wide and every chance over 2f out, le dover 1f out, headed inside, no extra, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Katie Gale (8-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Travel (USA) 13-2 (9-4) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, never a factor, 11th of 13, 17l behind Camerooney (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 1f app hcp (6) gd in Sep.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 16-1 (7-13) Steadied start, always in rear, last of 6, 11l behind Gabrial The Master (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Poncho 40-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Waahej (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Miss Faithful (IRE) 50-1 (9-8) Soon well off pace towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 3f out, 9th of 14, 26l behind Long Dog (9-5) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks sft in Aug.
Marina Ballerina 16-1 (8-13) Raced wide and outpaced, reminder 6f out, headway from 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 3l behind McConnell (9-0) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Aug.
Absolutely Me (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway 14f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 16l behind Baan (8-9) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
City Line (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway and wide straight, chased leaders and no impression from over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 4th of 14, 10l behind Banker Burke (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.