SPREADABLE is one of the more obvious contenders. He recorded a double when landing the odds with the minimum of fuss at Wolverhampton on Monday and can defy a double penalty in his current form. Fruit Pastille showed a big improvement over 6f here last time and looks set to make a bold bid on her handicap debut while Basil Berry is back on a winning mark after last month's third over track and trip. Tanojin is another to consider, along with unlucky recent course and distance runner-up Ain't No Surprise.
Pieman's Girl 14-1 (9-0) In touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Royal Birth (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Fruit Pastille 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Outbacker (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Basil Berry 14-1 (8-11) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mersad (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Habdab 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, closed 3f out, weakened from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Captain Morley (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Dancing Sal (IRE) 6-1 (8-2) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced over 2f out, driven and stayed on final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Kantara Castle (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Spreadable (IRE) 4-9fav (9-10) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway halfway, went 2nd 2f out, pushed into lead final 150 yards, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Keep To The Beat (9-2) by 1l, 8 ran.
Beautiful Stranger 3-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Poetic Choice (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Ain't No Surprise (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Dwelt, behind, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden and stayed on on outside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Kantara Castle (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Hot Stock (FR) 6-4fav (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased winner, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Big Kenny (8-9) at Southwell 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Tanojin (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Tautira (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Rose Buck 12-1 (8-7) In touch, tracked leader after 2f, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no impression in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Kantara Castle (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Rush 6-1 (9-0) Led early, settled in 3rd 5f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Forever Cinderella (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Charlies Mate 50-1 (8-10) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Tucson Arizona (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Desert Colours 16-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 17l behind Hatti (9-3) at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.