Custard The Dragon won last year’s renewal off a similar mark but was well beaten here recently but Angel Palanas landed a double over track and before finding one too good over 6f here a fortnight ago. The latter has the beating of both Gentlemen and Esprit De Corps while Call Out Loud wasn’t beaten far despite finishing only fifth at Chelmsford last time. But Luke Morris switches to stablemate THE GREAT WALL despite Mick Appleby’s charge returning from a lay-off. The latter scored at Hamilton during the summer and has won a maiden race over course and distance and should go close back on the Fibresand today. Saint Equiano has won on soft ground and is preferred to Me Too Nagasaki, who has switched yards and undergone wind surgery since last in action.
Saint Equiano 5-1 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Explain (8-10) at Ayr 7f hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Me Too Nagasaki (IRE) 9-4jfav (9-6) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind The Grape Escape (10-3) at Pontefract 1m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
The Great Wall (USA) 3-1fav (8-8) Behind, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 6 1/4l behind George Bowen (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Custard The Dragon 12-1 (9-8) Pushed along towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10 1/2l behind Matterhorn (9-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Call Out Loud 12-1 (8-2) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Crossing The Line (9-2) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Angel Palanas 9-4fav (9-7) Chased leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/4l behind Black Salt (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Gentlemen 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 7 3/4l behind Angel Palanas (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Esprit De Corps 40-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 13 3/4l behind Angel Palanas (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp (4) pol in Dec.