Nadeen won over C&D at the start of this month and, as he's only lightly-raced, there's every reason to think he can improve and confirm running with Oldjoesaid, Chosen One, Ignatieff and Lesley's Choice. However, MON BRAV, who finished fourth on that occasion, could prove a different story. The latter will have come on for the run, re-opposes on better terms and is on a 3lb lower mark than when scoring at Thirsk in August. Brian Ellison's charge gets the vote ahead of recent Windsor winner Taurus Twins and the back-to-form Mandurah, who made all at Ripon last week.
Pavershooz 8-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 6l behind Take Ten (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
The Nifty Fox 9-2fav (9-6) Prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon not much room briefly, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, held by leaders, 4th of 12, 1l behind Sloop Johnb (8-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Nadeen (IRE) 11-2fav (9-6) Held up towards rear towards inside, gradually eased out and headway from halfway, closed on leader inside final furlong, ran on to lead final 100 yards, comfortably, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs beating Verinco (8-10) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Green Manalishi 9-4fav (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Magical Macey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Le Toreador 11-2 (9-7) Dwelt, soon prominent on outer, ridden and every chance over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Sir Geoffrey (9-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Oldjoesaid 13-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, switched left to inside rail 2f out, soon chased leader, no impression and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Nadeen (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Taurus Twins 16-1 (8-13) With leader, led over 3f out, driven over 1f out, ran on well, won at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Even Bolder (8-11) by 2l, 14 ran.
Ignatieff (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Chased leader until 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 8l behind Nadeen (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Fantasy Explorer 16-1 (9-7) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 8l behind Curtains (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Mon Brav 10-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 6l behind Nadeen (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Chased winner throughtout, ridden over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Thrust Control (10-0) at Catterick 7f clm stks (6) gd in Mar.
Lesley's Choice 16-1 (9-1) Close up on outside, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 14, 26l behind Nadeen (9-6) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Mandurah (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Raced stand side, led overall, strongly pressed throughout final furlong, held on gamely, all out, won at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Bosun Breese (9-4) by shd, 17 ran.
Chosen One (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Joined stand side group after 1f, in touch, ridden and hung right over 1f out, soon weakened, 14th of 17, 7l behind Mandurah (8-7) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.