A winner at Redcar, PIAZON has decent claims and a recent outing under his belt. Today's fast ground is a bit of a worry but Michael Bell's charge looks up to scoring off his current mark. Nova Champ opened his account at Wolverhampton and testing ground was a legitimate excuse for a poor effort at Nottingham last time. Pennine Warrior has been upped 7lb for signing off last year with a win on the Fibresand and Eva Clare also won at Southwell last month before making the frame on her handicap debut. Finflash in unreliable but capable of getting involved on a going day.
Finflash (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, soon well held, 5th of 8, 12l behind Musical Comedy (9-13) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Piazon 8-1 (9-2) Raced in centre, slowly into stride and hampered after start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Signore Piccolo (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Pennine Warrior 4-5fav (9-5) Made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, comfortable, won at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov beating Misstemper (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Nova Champ (IRE) 5-1fav (8-13) Raced in centre, prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Signore Piccolo (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Eva Clare (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, carried slightly left inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Razin' Hell (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Kalon Brama (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) Close up, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 11, 14l behind Touch The Clouds (8-6) at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.