Somemothersdohavem got the better of Gabrial's King by a length at Wolverhampton last time but carries a penalty and the latter is weighted to reverse running. Hesperides scored over 1m4f here back in August and though 10lb higher today she's expected to stay the longer trip. Foster's Road was well beaten over hurdles recently but had scored on the Polytrack before that and Celtic Charlie is another with claims returning to 2m. A recent comeback over timber will have brought THE ABSENT MARE on and given she won a tougher race over C&D back in March, Robin Dickin's charge gets the vote in an open affair.
Boston Blue 9-2 (9-3) In rear, pushed along 9f out, ridden 5f out, no impression, 6th of 7, well behind Pokfulham (9-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Jun.
Where's Susie 50-1 (9-4) Held up in last, well beaten over 2f out, 11th of 13, 12l behind Miss Aix (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Squad 15-2 (9-9) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along well over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Gabrial's King (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ascalon 40-1 (9-12) With leader, weakened over 4f out, last of 16, well behind Scottish Boogie (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Somemothersdohavem 9-2 (9-5) Behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Gabrial's King (9-3) by 1l, 12 ran.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 11, 50l behind Mutual Regard (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
The Absent Mare 14-1 (8-6) Slowly away, in rear, headway to go in touch over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 36l behind Gilded Age (8-10) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.
Hawridge King 12-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, driven inside final 4f, headway inside final 3f, switched left over 2f out, soon driven and one pace, 6th of 13, 15l behind Presto Volante (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Hesperides 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, outpaced 6f out, rallied 2f out, hung left and chased winner over 1f out, no impression, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Seven Veils (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, squeezed through to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Somemothersdohavem (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Foster's Road 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out, joined post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol deadheating with Peachez (9-9), 9 ran.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 6-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on under pressure, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Mutual Regard (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.