It could pay to stick with EBRAAM here. His two recent victories have been in claimers over the minimum trip on Polytrack but he has won his fair share over 6f and handles this surface. He is difficult to oppose in his current frame of mind. Abbondanza won well in similar company at Wolverhampton last time but failed to figure at this track before that, while Takajan and Punching have a bit to find at these weights. Harlech Castle and Hard Rock City are dropped in class after recent poor efforts.
Hard Rock City (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Outpaced, 9th of 11, 11l behind Cape Vale (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (2) fbs.
Masked Dance (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Prominent, led over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon under pressure, gradually weakened, 8th of 9, 9l behind Avonrose (8-10) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs.
Ebraam (USA) 6-5fav (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, led in centre over 1f out, pushed out, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol beating Efistorm (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Abbondanza (IRE) 9-4 (9-8) Made virtually all, ridden over 2f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Spin Again (8-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Takajan (IRE) 2-1fav (8-11) Went right start, chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 6l behind Benato The Great (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Harlech Castle 8-1 (8-9) Went left start, always in rear, 10th of 11, 12l behind Cape Vale (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp (2) fbs.
Punching 11-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Benato The Great (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Baby Judge (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Awkwards start, always struggling in rear, 11th of 12, 17l behind Darcy's Pride (8-9) at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct.
Bertbrand 66-1 (8-9) In rear, ridden halfway, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 8l behind Fashion Icon (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Dancing Wave 40-1 (8-0) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 11l behind Clever Omneya (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs.