Elite Land is versatile with regards conditions and races off the same mark as when placed in a slightly better race at Haydock last May, but recent efforts have been less inspiring and LADY BLUESKY is preferred. Champion Jockey-elect Paul Hanagan takes the ride about our selection who arrives on the back of a comfortable course and distance win under similar conditions. A 4lb rise is far from harsh, she's still unexposed, and it's encouraging that in one other visit to the track the mare took second to the decent Roses in a bumper. Drop The Hammer cantered to victory here two starts back and would be of clear interest despite this 8lb higher mark were it not for a subsequent heavy defeat at Redcar, but as things stand Danceintothelight is considered the biggest threat providing he consents to settle this time and suffers no ill-effects from a fall over timber when last seen.
Spear Thistle 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along and headway to track leader after 2f, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind I'm In The Pink (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Elite Land 16-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 6l behind Royal Trooper (9-6) at Hamilton 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Lady Bluesky 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft beating Rare Coincidence (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Drop The Hammer 10-1 (8-8) Led until 4f out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 16, 21l behind Bollin Greta (9-5) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Categorical 25-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, some headway 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 16, 12l behind Bollin Greta (9-5) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Dan's Heir 10-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, under pressure over 4f out, soon beaten, 11th of 14, 34l behind Aaman (8-13) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Jenny Soba 22-1 (8-8) Behind, some late headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Eijaaz (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app clm stks (6) gd.
Danceintothelight 5-1 (8-3) Held up towards rear and keen, headway on outer over 7f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Royal Swain (9-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Bright Sparky (GER) 14-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 5f out, headway on outside 2f out, never nearer, 5th of 12, 8l behind Snowberry Hill (8-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Young Firth 66-1 (8-4) Pulled hard, soon led, headed 10f out, tracked winner until 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 26l behind Tobernea (9-3) at Warwick 1m 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Don't Hurry Love (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Mid-division in touch, lost place 4f out, soon behind, 7th of 8, 14l behind Media Stars (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Aug.
Moonlight Blaze 25-1 (8-5) In touch, edged right after 1f, soon tracking leader, under pressure 2f out, kept on, never near to challenge, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Aaman (8-13) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.