MONTE CASSINO has returned from a lay-off in fine form. He scored at Wolverhampton before going close at the same track again and the previous course and distance winner looks to have solid claims in this company. Izzy Boy also won at Wolverhampton last time but was well beaten on his previous start at this venue and Prince Of Passion makes more appeal stepping back up in trip. Grace Hull handled the surface when runner-up in similar company over 6f last time and has every chance if lasting home.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 12-1 (9-0) Hampered start, tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Shawkantango (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Guishan 20-1 (9-1) Fly leapt start, in touch, lost place 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, edged left and kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 14l behind Lovesome (8-8) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on and headed near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Orpsie Boy (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Grace Hull 13-2 (8-10) Behind, wide entering straight, ridden and headway towards stands' side rail over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Izzy Boy (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, headway on inside over 4f out, went 2nd 2f out, led just over 1f out, stayed on, edged right close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct beating Amelia Jay (8-11) by 1l, 11 ran.
Bapak Pesta (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Mid-division on inside, pushed along over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 6l behind Caramelita (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 16-1 (10-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 8th of 14, 11l behind McConnell (10-8) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Wotalad 6-1 (8-13) Raced keenly chasing leader, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 6l behind Red Shadow (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Heidi's Delight (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) In touch, headway on inner 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 5l behind Jebel Tara (9-12) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in May.
Ishiamiracle 25-1 (8-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 14l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.