The Tiger didn't stay 2m last time but has claims on his earlier form over shorter trips while O Ma Lad is upped a grade after scoring at Catterick last time. Northside Prince went close at Ripon last week but Robbie Winston rides stablemate and Thirsk runner-up Entihaa today and last year's winner Persian Pearl makes up a trio of Alan Swinbank runners. Jim Goldie also runs three and new inmate Aleksander won at Wolverhampton for Luca Cumani in October while Mica Mika also has a shout. NARCISSIST is the least exposed after scoring for Ed Dunlop in August and gets a purely speculative vote stepping up in trip on his debut for Mick Easterby.
The Tiger 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden on wide outside and no response entering final 2f, 10th of 11, 20l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Apr.
O Ma Lad (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr beating Fly Solo (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Bolivia (GER) 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Los Nadis (7-13) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp (3) hvy in Sep.
Northside Prince (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 5f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Voodoo Prince (8-9) at Ripon 1m 4f stks (3) gd in Apr.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, kept on and no impression, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Voodoo Prince (8-9) at Ripon 1m 4f stks (3) gd in Apr.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Ingleby Spirit (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Persian Peril 40-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, tailed off over 3f out, last of 11, well behind The Tiger (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Hillview Boy (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Dwelt in rear, effort 2f out, weakened 1f out, 12th of 16, 24l behind Beaumont's Party (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Entihaa 8-1 (8-6) Raced wide mid-division, headway to track leaders over 8f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, pressed on all side from over 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 11, hd behind Itlaaq (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Mica Mika (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Itlaaq (9-2) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Apr.
Narcissist (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, soon led, kept on well towards finish, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug beating Exning Halt (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lady Amakhala 25-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 17, 22l behind Cloudy Spirit (9-4) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May '12.
Ultimate 28-1 (8-1) Towards rear, outpaced 3f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 23l behind Sir Graham Wade (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) fm in Sep.
Merchant of Dubai 25-1 (8-7) Towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 14, 13l behind Ingleby Spirit (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr.
Aleksandar 9-2 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, led over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, all out, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Brouhaha (9-2) by hd, 10 ran.