Hoofalong may well have been successful at Pontefract last month had he got away on terms and this extra furlong may help. Secret Asset got back to winning over 5f here nine days ago while Red Stripes and Dominium are previous course and distance winners, though the latter was third behind Aldayha over 7f at Kempton last month. MAGNUS MAXIMUS (NAP) won at Ascot in September and has continued in good form. He was given plenty to do when third over track and trip 10 days ago and should get closer today if ridden nearer the pace. Spirit of Zeb is slowly coming down the weights and could be more interesting than Musselburgh winner Pea Shooter over this trip.
Aldayha (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Awkwardly away, headway to lead after 1f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd 100 yards out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mr Bossy Boots (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Magnus Maximus 5-1fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Secret Missile (9-1) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (3) pol in Oct.
Red Stripes (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Nuno Tristan (9-0) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Dominium (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Switched right start, held up in rear, some headway under pressure over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mr Bossy Boots (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Pea Shooter 11-2fav (9-6) Mid-division, driven over 1f out, switched right and ridden 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp (5) gd in Oct beating Economic Crisis (9-2) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Swiss Cross 4-1fav (9-8) Slowly into stride, driven forward and soon short of room, midfield, never a factor, 7th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Under Siege (8-11) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Hoofalong 10-1 (8-11) Dwelt, raced wide, soon close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Avon Breeze (9-4) at Pontefract 5f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Secret Asset (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged left and ran on well, won at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (4) pol in Oct beating Diamond Charlie (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Spirit of Zeb (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Midfield, headway over 1f out, stayed on closing stages, never nearer, 6th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Comino (9-6) at Catterick 6f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Mighty Zip (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, led, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 12 1/4l behind Pharmaceutical (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Oct.