Amazing Blue Sky may struggle in today's ground and so could Desert Vision, who registered a double before appearing not to stay over a longer trip at York last time. Recent Pontefract winner Brigadoon is still improving but has yet to encounter a soft surface, while Count Ceprano may be too high in the weights now as a consequence of landing a double during the summer. BEST PROSPECT has won seven times on the Flat and four of those wins came over 1m2f in soft ground. He's 2lb lower than when winning at Ayr at this time last year and a chance is taken that Michael Dods' veteran still has another win in him.
Amazing Blue Sky 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, clear over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Marsh Warbler (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Desert Vision 10-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leader until 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place and behind, 13th of 14, 32l behind Trip The Light (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Oct.
Brigadoon 12-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct beating Law To Himself (8-11) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Hidden Fire 6-1 (9-0) Pulled hard early close up, effort over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4l behind Blue Moon (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Hidden Glory 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division on inside, headway between horses over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, no extra and lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Tartan Gigha (9-10) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Dazzling Valentine 11-1 (9-6) In rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 8l behind Cloud Illusions (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Towards rear, dropped to last over 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 6l behind Colinca's Lad (8-7) at Windsor 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Best Prospect (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always behind, weakened well over 2f out, last of 10, 29l behind Demolition (9-4) at York 1m 2f clm stks (4) gd in Sep.
African Cheetah 5-1 (9-12) Chased leader, lost 2nd well over 1f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 10, 12l behind Ashammar (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Botanist 20-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 12th of 15, 18l behind Countess Comet (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.
Crystal Etoile 13-2 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Catchanova (9-5) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Ay Tay Tate (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chaased leaders, reminder 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and stayed on again final furlong, 6th of 18, 6l behind Violent Velocity (9-1) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Brockfield 12-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Kodicil (8-6) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.