Mr Skipiton returned to form when runner-up at Wolverhampton last month and Thoughtsofstardom found only one too good over 5f at Southwell recently. Both could figure with similar efforts and while Goodbye Cash ran well over a mile here on her latest start, she was below par when last tried over today's C&D. LORDSBURY PRIDE is without a win in 10 starts but showed enough when runner-up here in October to suggest a race of this nature is within his grasp. This looks a good opportunity for John Best's charge to get his head in front.
Goodbye Cash (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, one pace, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Indian Violet (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Mr Skipiton (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 2f out, soon challenging, ridden and narrowly headed 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Liberty Trail (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Thoughtsofstardom 18-1 (9-1) Led, driven clear over 1f out, strongly challenged inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Kheley (8-7) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.
West Leake (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened overe 2f out, 8th of 10, 7l behind South African Gold (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Lordsbury Pride (USA) 9-2 (8-11) Tracked winner until over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Mary's Pet (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Royal Box 16-1 (8-3) Led until ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Peter's Gift (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Grand Honour (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 14l behind True To Form (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Rio Sands 9-1 (8-9) Never better than mid-division, 8th of 14, 6l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Grand Palace (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) Always behind, 8th of 9, 9l behind Your Gifted (8-13) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.
Cheveyo (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway and in touch 4f out, ridden to chase leading pair 2f out to over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 22l behind Lily Wood (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Ariel Bender 66-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 9, 20l behind Kheley (8-7) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.