Zed Candy went close over C&D recently and should be thereabouts again, while Valantino Oyster could also figure if handling the surface after running well at Wolverhampton of late. Hi Dancer won this race in 2009 but has been below par recently and preference is for ELITE LAND. Brian Ellison's charge has been placed on the Fibresand before and a recent good effort over hurdles points to a big run here. Silent Lucidity makes most appeal of the remainder with a decent amateur rider on board.
Sir Boss (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) In touch and clear with leading quartet 8f out, tracked leader over 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Where's Susie (10-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Hi Dancer 14-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 7, 14l behind Leyte Gulf (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Elite Land 4-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway over 6f out, pushed along in 4th 3f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Moonlight Blaze (8-0) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.
Mashdood (USA) 11-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 7f out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Sunny Spells (8-7) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Night Orbit 50-1 (9-3) Led for 1f, tracked leader until over 6f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, last of 4, 24l behind Ajaan (9-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct.
Baltimore Patriot (IRE) 11-4 (10-1) 2nd of 6, 8l behind Prince Charlemagne (10-12) at L'Ancresse(GUE) 2m 1f hcap gd in May.
Calatagan (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) In touch, went 2nd over 8f out, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 15l behind Five Two (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Oct '08.
Zed Candy (FR) 5-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, keen early, driven when every chance over 2f out, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Six Of Clubs (8-9) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Silent Lucidity (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 11, 9l behind Jezza (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Raced very wide, headway to chase leader after 3f, lost place 8f out, weakened over 5f out, 11th of 13, 35l behind Court Princess (10-13) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec '09.
Yeomanry 20-1 (9-7) Dwelt, behind reminders 6f out, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 5th of 11, 18l behind Stadium Of Light (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Aberdeen Park 11-1 (8-9) Planted start and lost many lengths, always in rear, tailed off from halfway, 7th of 8, well behind Juwireya (9-1) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Carlton Mac 22-1 (9-7) Held up, towards rear, headway on inside to moderate 3rd 2f out, driven and weakened 1f out, 6th of 8, 19l behind Sphere (8-11) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gf in Sep '09.
Valantino Oyster (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 7f out, ridden inside final 3f, strong challenge and edged right well inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Port Hill (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.