A few of these can be given a chance with GEORGE FENTON one of the more obvious contenders. He went close over track and trip last time with Small John not far behind in fifth and Conor Dore's charge gets the vote. The former also has a shout along with Chiswick Bay, who reversed earlier running with Piceno when third at Lingfield a fortnight ago. Dodina is another to consider and makes more appeal than Ace Master and Eastern Dragon, both winners over shorter trips recently.
Ace Master 9-2 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 13, ns behind Steel Rain (8-13) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Marciano (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 15l behind Tight Fit (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
George Fenton 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, effort 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on, held near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-77 (4) pol.
Piceno (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 6f out, ridden to lead narrowly approaching final furlong, soon headed, lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace after, 4th of 10, 4l behind The Great Gabrial (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Strong Man 33-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, 14th of 21, 21l behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Smalljohn 7-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-77 (4) pol.
Dodina (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Benoni (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Chiswick Bey (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, headway on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd briefly inside final furlong, stayed on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind The Great Gabrial (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Blazeofenchantment (USA) 28-1 (8-10) Steadied start, in rear, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 33l behind The Scuttler (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Eastern Dragon (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) In rear, headway 2f out, soon every chance, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Warwick 6f 3yo app hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug beating Starlight Angel (9-12) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Two No Bids (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon prominent, led 4f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Ferdy (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 15th of 16, 26l behind Amulet (8-12) at Nottingham 1m (5) gd in Oct.