TORO DORADO has an impressive strike-rate on the all-weather and beat Mr Coco Bean a shade cosily over track and trip last time. Raised only 2lb, he recorded a hat-trick early in the year and looks set for another winning run. Delph Crescent is upped 6lb for winning at Musselburgh but finished runner-up here on his only previous visit while Howzer Black went close at Ayr but has yet to win on the all-weather. London Arch remains unexposed and could figure given he won a novice event at the track earlier.
Toro Dorado 7-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway on outside chasing leaders over 2f out, stayed on to lead inside final 150 yards, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Oct beating Mr Coco Bean (9-6) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
High Commissioner (IRE) 4-1fav (9-12) Raced keenly, chased leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened just inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 5 1/2l behind Water's Edge (9-8) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Skerryvore 12-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Bavardages (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Aug.
Delph Crescent (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on well, won at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp (5) sft in Oct beating Finally Mine (9-2) by nk, 13 ran.
Howzer Black (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 2f out, kept on well, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Firewater (9-2) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Oct.
London Arch 9-1 (8-11) Chased winner, pushed along over 3f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, soon not much room, no extra, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Crystal Pegasus (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Alfred Richardson 11-1 (9-8) Started slowly, behind, headway on outside over 1f out, went modest 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 6 1/4l behind Caen Na Coille (9-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Mr Coco Bean (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up in rear, switched right and headway out wide over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Toro Dorado (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
St Just 7-1 (9-8) Raced wide close up, tracked leader over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 13, dist behind First Charge (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Betty Grable (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final 100 yards, 5th of 11, 6 1/2l behind Smeaton (9-7) at Hamilton 1m hcp (6) sft in Jun.