Declared a non-runner at this venue yesterday, MICK DUNDEE looks to have an easier opportunity in this. He'll need to improve on his earlier attempts on Fibresand, but Monday's Wolverhampton winner has little to beat and gets the nod despite a penalty. Greek Islands has recorded just the one win in 28 starts and multiple course winner Elusive Warrior has won only once since 2010. Mucky Molly has also won here but arrives out of sorts and the remainder make even less appeal.
Mick Dundee (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Made all, driven clear over 2f out to over 1f out, soon ridden and edged right, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Birdie Queen (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Greek Islands (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, never dangerous, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Rezwaan (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Viking Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 10l behind Spirit Of Gondree (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 14-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, soon driven and in touch on outside, ridden 3f out, no impression final 2f, 6th of 9, 5l behind Izzy Boy (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Ichimoku 14-1 (8-10) Outpaced in rear, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 10l behind Quality Art (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Mucky Molly 16-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 7l behind George Benjamin (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
De Lesseps (USA) 50-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 49l behind Ailsa Craig (10-6) at Haydock 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Sep.
Satwa Laird 33-1 (9-2) Raced wide always towards rear, 10th of 14, 27l behind On The Cusp (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov.
Partner's Gold (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and outpaced halfway, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 13l behind Borough Boy (9-0) at Southwell 6f stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Dec.