Satwa Moon has only won once, at Wolverhampton last March, but has run some good races in defeat and is quite lightly-raced for his age. MONKTON VALE is another who has only won once, at Pontefract on fast ground last summer, but he's 2lb lower here and will have been primed for action by Richard Fahey. He could be good enough in an open contest in which Abergavenny is another to note after a very good first season that saw him successful twice over this trip. Tim Easterby won a division of this a year ago and Jonny Lesters Hair should give a good account. He returned to action in good form last year and improved as stepped up in trip throughout the campaign. Bonfire Knight looks a little high in the weights but his yard is in such good form that he shouldn't be dismissed but The Galloping Shoe has been in poor form over timber and is 8lb higher than when last scoring on the Flat.
Bonfire Knight 6-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 8l behind Willing Foe (8-11) at Doncaster 1m 2f stks 0-85 (3) gd in Sep.
Abergavenny 6-5fav (9-0) Always prominent, shaken up well over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well to go 2nd last strides, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Arizona John (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
The Galloping Shoe 22-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway 4f out, chased leaders 3f out, hard driven over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, pressed for 2nd close home, 3rd of 15, 2l behind Hot Prospect (9-1) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) sft in Aug.
Jonny Lesters Hair (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 7l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Sep.
Lucky Windmill 7-1 (9-4) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 10l behind Quick Wit (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Thunderstruck 5-1 (9-4) Raced wide, close up, led 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Veroon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
The Lock Master (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, driven over 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, every chance indside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 8, ns behind Trans Sonic (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Bedouin Bay 7-1 (9-2) Tracked winner over 10f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Sweet Origin (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Lucky Dance (BRZ) 25-1 (8-9) Reared start, mid-division, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, last of 12, 20l behind Brick Red (8-11) at Newmarket 1m hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Loyalty (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Hydrant 6-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 6, shd behind Black Coffee (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Monkton Vale (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, headed well over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Ocean Transit (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Satwa Moon (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Held up, not troubled leaders, 8th of 14, 19l behind Lethal Glaze (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Red Courtier 8-1 (9-4) Dwelt, bustled up to lead after 1f, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 9l behind Berling (9-2) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.