Irish raider The Drunken Dr is still a maiden but ran well over this trip at Down Royal last month. Dhampas has done better over longer trips and though Maslak has dropped to the lowest mark of his very long career he was beaten a long way at Catterick recently. The ultra-consistent Sassanian gained his first ever success over hurdles at Sedgefield but that was last September and he hasn't run since. Bute Street won over the C&D just over a year ago from a 1lb higher mark but he's been in poor form recently so this can go to KICKAHEAD. Ian Williams' charge, five times a winner over timber, was having his first start since last July when an excellent fourth over an inadequate trip here earlier this month and should reverse the form with the consistent Locum, who was just ahead.
Maslak (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) In touch, driven 4f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 4th of 15, 18l behind Vittachi (8-9) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Sassanian (IRE) 7-4fav (8-12) Held up, headway over 2f out, driven and stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Frameit (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Jun '10.
Bute Street 40-1 (8-13) Chased leader until 10f out, stayed chasing leaders until weakened rapidly over 6f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 11, well behind L Frank Baum (10-0) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Graycliffe (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, ridden on inside over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Ashammar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol.
Locum 6-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Fascinating (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Layla's Boy 33-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 7l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kickahead (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 8l behind Fascinating (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Carnac (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway over 2f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 9, 6l behind Brasingaman Eric (9-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Rosairlie (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Lost place soon after start, well behind after, eased final 2f, last of 13, 27l behind Poyle Punch (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
More For Less 100-1 (9-2) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 26l behind With Hindsight (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
The Drunken Dr (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) Mid-division, no extra from 2f out, last of 18, 39l behind Solaras Exhibition (9-1) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-70 in Sep.
Black Iceman 15-2 (8-11) In rear, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 12l behind Hygrove Welshlady (9-2) at Warwick 1m 5f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Dhampas 7-1 (8-7) Led, clear 9f out, increased lead over 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 6l behind Blue Cossack (8-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.