Angels Faces is arguably the pick of the weights in this on her third at Haydock but she’s shown her best form so far on soft ground and has shown little aptitude for the all-weather. Utopian Lad found only one too good over 1m here last time but dropping back a furlong may not be in his favour. Burniston Rocks might be helped by blinkers but makes his debut on the surface while Secret Diary was well beaten at Southwell after a third at Newcastle. Penmellyn is probably still improving but we’ll give another chance to CONSTITUTIONAL, who failed to cope with a 6lb rise at Newcastle after an earlier win at that track but could be suited by Polytrack.
Burniston Rocks 6-1 (9-3) Held up, slightly impeded over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Parikarma (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f (5) hvy in Oct.
Rulers Kingdom (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) With leader, driven 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, faded final 100 yards, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Castlehill Retreat (9-7) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Nov.
Utopian Lad (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Souter Johnnie (9-5) at Kempton 1m (6) pol in Oct.
Speed Merchant (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Behind, headway over 2f out, switched outside and ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 110 yards, soon clear, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f stks (5) pol in Oct beating Kocasandra (8-7) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Moondance 25-1 (8-12) Towards rear, stayed towards inside in straight, headway chasing leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6 1/2l behind More Than A Prince (9-5) at Brighton 7f (5) gs in Oct.
Constitutional (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression when lost place inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/4l behind Kyllwind (9-9) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Sep.
Penmellyn (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up behind, smooth headway over 1f out, chased leaders when not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, kept on, unable to mount challenge, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Castlehill Retreat (9-7) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Nov.
Magical Force 6-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, bumped close home, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Jems Bond (9-7) at Kempton 6f (6) pol in Oct.
Angels Faces (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Castlehill Retreat (9-7) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Nov.
Secret Diary 7-2 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never involved, 11th of 12, 17 1/4l behind Dark Regard (9-0) at Southwell 6f fll stks (5) pol in Oct.
Chromium 10-1 (8-4) In rear, headway over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, driven and hanging left from over 1f out, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Dragon Command (9-7) at Chelmsford City 7f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Jochi Khan (USA) 10-1 (8-8) Towards rear, not clear run on inside and switched right over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Last Date (9-1) at Chelmsford City 6f (6) pol in Oct.
Last Date 8-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8 1/2l behind Sir Rodneyredblood (9-0) at Kempton 6f (6) pol in Nov.
Glencoe Boy (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Led, hung left when headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 14, 10 1/4l behind Brunch (8-12) at Newcastle 7f stks (6) pol in Nov.