Silverlord arrives on the back of a win at Dundalk and Gordon Elliot's charge should make another bold bid off a 4lb higher mark. C&D winner BOA went very close back over track and trip last month. The handicapper has given her a chance dropping her 2lb and with Shirley Teasdale's claim taking a further 5lb off her back, she gets the nod. Badea scored over track and trip earlier this month and is not out of this but the once-useful Merchant of Dubai continues his downward spiral and has been dropped another 3lb.
Merchant Of Dubai 25-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 2f out, soon under pressure and weakened, 7th of 16, 10l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Illustrious Forest 20-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 10l behind Flying Power (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Honest Deal 7-1 (9-9) Raced wide in touch, headway over 4f out, tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 12l behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Boa 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, hamperd well over 1f out, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 10l behind Flying Power (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sir Boss (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Tracked leader until ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 39l behind Kings Troop (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) hvy in Oct.
Silverlord (FR) 15-2 (9-10) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd for much, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead on line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol beating Raydari (9-7) by shd, 14 ran.
Hydrant 9-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Brockfield (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Miss Blink 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 12l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Cadgers Brig 22-1 (9-4) Led, headed 3f out, soon lost place, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 41l behind High Resolution (9-0) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Badea 5-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Layali Dubai (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Augustus John (IRE) 3-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Prince Picasso (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar '10.
Candelita 7-2 (8-8) Close up, improved 4f out, switched right over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (5) fbs in Feb beating Ace Serve (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.