KATMAI RIVER went close at Wolverhampton last time having dropped 10lb in the weights since landing a double early in the season. Mark Usher's charge looks set for a return to winning ways. Warbond also finished a lot closer on his latest start but a poor strike rate of one win in 23 starts is off putting and Bussa makes more appeal on his latest close-up third at this track. Batchworth Firefly separated a couple of woeful efforts with a third over 6f here and may do better on his handicap debut if in the mood.
Bitaphon (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Led early, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 16l behind Rapid Water (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Katmai River (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, edged right close home, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Frognal (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Batchworth Firefly 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 2f out, faded over 1f out, last of 6, 21l behind Dance Express (8-12) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Warbond 11-1 (9-3) Towards rear, wide into straight 2f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Bladewood Girl (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Always behind, 11th of 13, 30l behind Royal Holiday (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Rise To Glory (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 7l behind See The Storm (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
The New Black (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Towards rear, ridden halfway, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 9l behind Kuwait Star (9-6) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Nov.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 5th of 14, 1 3/4l behind See The Storm (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Smoky Cloud (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Went left sart, soon chasing leaders, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 14th of 15, 15l behind Golden Compass (9-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Beach Candy (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride outpaced, never on terms, 6th of 8, 11l behind Auntie Kathryn (8-11) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Bussa 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Breakheart (8-9) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Huzzah (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Rider remover hood late dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 10, 9l behind Les Verguettes (9-3) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Schoolboy Champ 66-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 21l behind Ensnare (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Chorister Girl 16-1 (8-11) With leader, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 6th of 12, 17l behind Maybeagrey (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec '11.