KHUBALA is the least exposed and worth sticking with. It was soft ground when Ed Dunlop's colt scored at Leicester recently but he'd won on Polytrack earlier this year and is taken to defy a 5lb rise in the weights. Goldream finished behind the selection before boosting the form with victory at Wolverhampton last time and he makes more appeal than the struggling O'Gorman though Haydock winner Bop It and last season's dual winner Taffe can both be given a chance. The remainder have a bit to find but West Leake Hare has slipped down to a decent mark if back to his best.
O'Gorman 14-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Safari Sunseeker (8-7) at Haydock 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Bop It 13-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to join leader inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Bronze Beau (10-0) by nk, 11 ran.
Taffe 7-1 (9-7) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd and weakened, last of 6, 12l behind Pale Orchid (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Goldream Evensfav (9-3) Chased leaders, hung right on bend over 2f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led and hung left over 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol beating Pearl Nation (9-3) by 3l, 12 ran.
Waseem Faris (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Held up, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind All Or Nothin (8-9) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Bahama Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Raced keenly tracking leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon lost place, 7th of 9, 9l behind Charlotte Rosina (9-2) at Newmarket 6f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Khubala (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) In touch, headway 2f out, soon led, ridden out, won at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Our Boy Jack (9-4) by 1l, 8 ran.
Whisky Bravo 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place 4f out, well beaten over 1f out, 8th of 9, 23l behind All Or Nothin (8-9) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Available (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Always in rear, 11th of 12, 29l behind Takealookatmenow (8-8) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Cockney Fire 20-1 (8-9) Led, stayed centre course and narrowly headed over 2f out, still pressing leaders over 1f out, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 7, 2l behind Kyleakin Lass (9-3) at Windsor 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Almond Branches 28-1 (9-1) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 26l behind Takealookatmenow (8-8) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
West Leake Hare (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Dwelt, took keen hold, soon with leader, led approaching 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Show Flower (9-4) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Roy's Legacy 66-1 (7-11) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 10l behind Pale Orchid (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.