Only 2lb in the handicap separates this bunch and it's difficult to make a strong case for any of them. WINNETOU gets the token vote with a 5lb claimer taking over the reins after his latest third at Wolverhampton. Pull The Pin went close last time but that was on the Fibresand at Southwell and Divine Rule has a shout on his earlier close-up fifth over 7f here. Takitwo won over 7f back in June and Northern Spy continues to slip down the weights though has yet to show any improvement for it.
Northern Spy (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Led, pushed along and headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Chasin' Rainbows (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Takitwo 8-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 5l behind Trusting (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Sun Dream 50-1 (9-1) Started slowly and pushed along in rear, never a factor, last of 12, 22l behind Spin Again (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Bussa 50-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 27l behind Lady Layla (7-12) at Leicester 7f clm stks (6) sft in Oct.
Breakheart (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, soon behind, 9th of 11, 31l behind Attraction Ticket (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Divine Rule (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, headway 4f out, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Whinging Willie (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.
Entrance 25-1 (9-1) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Lady Bellatrix (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Winnetou 40-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, hard driven over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Taro Tywod (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Pull The Pin (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Prominent, led over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, nk behind Nurse Dominatrix (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Sea Swell (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Steadied start, always rear, never a factor, 11th of 12, 13l behind Comrade Cotton (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov '08.
Compton Crofter 20-1 (8-11) Slow into stride always in rear, ridden and hung right over 1f out, 11th of 12, 13l behind Blackthorn Stick (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Boris The Bold 25-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed after 1f, chased leaders, lost place 5f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 12l behind Whinging Willie (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.
Saffron Park 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened 3f out, 11th of 14, 21l behind Catherine Laboure (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) gf in Jul.
Jackie Love (IRE) 9-1 (8-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, faded final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Reginald Claude (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.