Excel Bolt completed a double over course and distance as a two-year-old but he hasn't won since. Mappin Time has plenty of early pace and the drop back to 5f should be no problem while Alaskan Bullet should go well off his current mark and is fit from racing on the all-weather. Thirteen Shivers also has an outing on Polytrack under his belt, but the vote goes to LUPIN POOTER. He was a winner over today's trip at Ayr and Newmarket last season and looks capable of better still this year. Gandalak is a 6f winner in the French provinces and has his first start for a new yard today.
Excel Bolt 14-1 (9-5) Led on inside rail, came towards centre inside final 2f, ridden inside final furlong, soon hard pressed, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Cheveton (9-5) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Mappin Time (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 12th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Gandalak (FR) (9-2) 3rd of 13, 3l behind King David (8-6) at Lyon-Parilly(FR) 5f hcp hvy in Nov.
Thirteen Shivers 9-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden well over 1f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 6l behind Clear Praise (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, headway on inside 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Royal Bajan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Cadeaux Pearl 12-1 (9-4) Pushed along in mid-division, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 14l behind Sonko (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Bonnie Charlie 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division far side, driven and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 14th of 23, 12l behind Jack Dexter (9-8) at Ayr 6f hcp (4) hvy in Sep.
Lupin Pooter 11-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Heeraat (9-6) at York 5f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo) (2) gs in Aug.
Oldjoesaid 33-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 4l behind Clubland (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Go Go Green (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, mid-division, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 8l behind Rothesay Chancer (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.