Cookie Ring won at Kempton last month but was due to run at Wolverhampton yesterday and HIDDEN STASH is preferred. The latter won at Lingfield recently and drops down a grade raised only 2lb. Black Truffle is another on the drop having placed at Lingfield last time while Tasaaboq has done all his winning so far over 6f. Harvest Ranger should be sharper for a recent comeback run and Luduamf went close in plating company back in August though over a longer trip.
Sharp Operator 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and wide 3f out, came stand's side straight, no impression and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 9th of 16, 12 1/2l behind Park Row (9-12) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp Yielding in Jul.
Hidden Stash 11-1 (9-0) Made most, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Warba (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Gift From God 50-1 (11-0) Led until after 4th, lost place next, behind when pulled up 2 out, at Worcester 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Royal Rettie 50-1 (10-10) Close up, lost place halfway, weakened 3f out, 12th of 13, 24 3/4l behind Belgravian (10-11) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Tasaaboq 11-2 (8-12) Dwelt, outpaced, ridden and headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 4 1/4l behind Kommander Kirkup (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Black Truffle (FR) 12-1 (8-13) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Loveatfirstsight (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Encapsulated 25-1 (8-13) Soon pushed along towards rear, 10th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Wild Flower (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Lutine Charlie (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division, not clear run 3f out, never dangerous, 10th of 14, 5 1/4l behind Ertidaad (8-12) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Harvest Ranger 8-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 17 1/4l behind Medici Moon (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Luduamf (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 13, 3 1/4l behind Loveatfirstsight (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Captain Scooby 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt in rear, pushed along halfway, stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 6l behind Star Cracker (9-9) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Sweet Piccolo 100-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 16 3/4l behind Assertive Agent (9-4) at Brighton 6f hcp (6) gd in Jun.
Simply Clever 16-1 (9-2) Went right start, tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 18 1/2l behind Power Home (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (6) pol in Oct.
Cookie Ring (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, good headway chasing leaders over 2f out, went 2nd approaching final furlong, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m hcp (7) pol in Nov beating Flying Sakhee (9-4) by nk, 13 ran.
Boketto (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Ertidaad (8-12) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.