SIX OF CLUBS won at Wolverhampton last month and the C&D winner looks to have every chance in this given the doubts surrounding today's opposition. Akula has been hurdling but a sequence of seconds on the Flat before that suggests he's high enough in the weights while Novel Dancer finished runner-up over 1m4f here last time but earlier efforts over this longer trip leave plenty to be desired. Neighbourhood was returned a 25/1 winner at Southwell recently and has to prove that was no fluke while Masters Blazing made the frame on his last couple of starts but over a much shorter trip.
Sonara (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 6f out, weakened 3f out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Rosewin (9-5) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul '11.
Six of Clubs 12-1 (9-5) Held up, headway when hung left over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 12, 4l behind Somemothersdohavem (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Akula (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Artisan (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Tram Express (FR) 100-1 (9-5) Started slowly, always behind, ridden and struggling in 7th well over 1f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 12l behind Epic Storm (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Masters Blazing 9-2 (8-5) Held up, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (9-3) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Novel Dancer 5-1fav (10-1) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, effort over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outside, ridden along 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Six Of Clubs (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Neighbourhood (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden 3f out, led 2f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov beating Inside Knowledge (9-4) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Rollin 'n Tumblin 11-1 (10-0) Very slowly away in rear, some headway 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 13, 10l behind Roughlyn (9-6) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Burnbrake 50-1 (8-13) Never better than mid-division, 12th of 14, 27l behind Italian Riviera (8-10) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Tanjung Agas (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) Soon towards rear, behind from 9f out, 7th of 9, 37l behind Italian Riviera (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.