Ubetterbegood popped-up at 25/1 in last year's renewal so isn't easily written off despite arriving badly out of form. But PERFECT PASTURE makes more appeal despite stepping up in class as he rattled up a four timer with a easy win at Redcar last month and even a 10lb rise may not be enough to anchor him in this. Plenty of others have claims if back to their best, but punters can only guess as to who that might be. Prohibit and Fitz Flyer are both good enough on their earlier placed efforts in similar company, Love Island finished fourth in a tougher contest in September and the veteran Tax Free pays a rare visit to the all-weather.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 20-1 (9-4) Pushed along towards rear, driven over 2f out, well beaten final furlong, last of 15, 9l behind Secret Asset (9-12) at York 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Prohibit 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 6l behind Free Zone (9-5) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gs in Sep.
Even Stevens 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, faded inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Forest Edge (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (2) pol.
Fitz Flyer (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 12th of 19, 8l behind Take Cover (9-4) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Bern Me Baby (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden well over 1f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Forest Edge (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Secret Look 25-1 (8-9) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 16th of 21, 7l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Love Island 8-1 (9-0) Went left start, held up in mid-division on outside, switched left over 2f out, ridden and no progress well over 1f out, 9th of 10, 6l behind Forest Edge (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Silken Express (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, lost place over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Midnight Dynamo (8-13) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Tax Free (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Equitania (8-11) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Perfect Pasture 11-4fav (10-1) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ran on strongly, won at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct beating Keep It Dark (8-11) by 4l, 13 ran.