MANCHESTAR is unproven in soft ground but Richard Fahey's yard has a fine record in this contest and a high draw may help his cause. Pashan Garh went close in last year's renewal and is 5lb lower today while Karaka Jack won this off a higher mark in 2012. The latter's stablemate Rocket Ronnie won four times over a mile last season while Mysterial is back on a winning mark and has a recent comeback run under his belt. Lazarus Bell finished runner-up here in October and both trip and ground suit him and Piceno. Compton and Light From Mars are recent winners on the all-weather and Burning Blaze has a shout on his best form of last season.
Light From Mars 8-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden over 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Bowstar (9-4) by 2l, 7 ran.
Burning Blaze 6-1 (8-12) Led, clear halfway, ridden when headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, eased near finish, 10th of 11, 7l behind True To Form (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Compton 5-4fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, not clear run and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Nassau Storm (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
The Great Gabrial 10-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Tigers Tale (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Compton Park 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 1f out, soon edged right, easily, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct '10 beating Tax Dodger (9-5) by 4l, 11 ran.
King Of Eden (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 19, 9l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Lazarus Bell 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pressed winner over 3f out, ridden and weakened entering final 2f, edged left approaching final furlong, 9th of 10, 15l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Rocket Ronnie (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon lost place, 14th of 20, 10l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 8-1 (9-4) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 8, 9l behind Capo Rosso (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Karaka Jack 7-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden over 3f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 10l behind Mondlicht (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Commanche 25-1 (8-12) Pulled hard tracking leaders, lost place 2f out, last of 12, 7l behind Oblitereight (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Mysterial 20-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 12th of 13, 20l behind King Bertie (8-11) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Act Your Shoe Size 18-1 (9-1) Dwelt, pushed along towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 20l behind Coincidently (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Sep.
Mon Brav 16-1 (9-1) Soon ridden along in rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 7l behind Rusty Rocket (9-6) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Piceno (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Slowy away, headway to chase leaders after 2f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 24l behind Sound Advice (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Teetotal (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Keen led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 6l behind Soaring Spirits (9-0) at Doncaster 7f (4) sft in Oct.
Johnny Cavagin 16-1 (9-1) Pulled hard in touch, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 8l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Manchestar 8-1 (8-2) Took keen hold tracking leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, outpaced to 4th close home, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Banovallum 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Dominium (8-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Trade Secret 7-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along 2f out, disputing well held 2nd when hung left under pressure over 1f out, 2nd briefly soon after, no extra in closing stages, 5th of 9, 5l behind Evanescent (9-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Pashan Garh 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 11l behind Fantasy Gladiator (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-77 (4) pol in Nov.