Kingscroft seems better over shorter trips and so does Dubai Hills. The latter ran a shocker at Catterick last week behind Nameitwhatyoulike but Mick Easterby's charge should be thereabouts again despite a penalty. Maven and Kay Gee Be have a shout and Ripon winner Hayek is not easily dismissed off today's mark. Masters Blazing is another to consider in an open race but a speculative vote goes to UNCLE DERMOT, a winner at Salisbury last month and placed in three subsequent starts in testing ground including over C&D a week ago.
Kingscroft (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten leaders, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Haamaat (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Dubai Hills 9-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 21l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Maven 7-2 (11-1) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders 4f out, challenged going well over 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Lexington Bay (10-9) at York 1m 4f am hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Kay Gee Be (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Bridle Belle (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Nameitwhatyoulike 5-2fav (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Green Park (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Judicious 20-1 (8-10) Pressed leader, led 4f out to 3f out, led again over 2f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 19l behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Leviathan 4-1 (9-13) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, ran on, never troubled leaders, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Elijah Pepper (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Hayek 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Yojimbo (8-12) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
The Osteopath (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3l behind Myboyalfie (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Myboyalfie (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
May Be Some Time 14-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, behind, moderate headway inside final furlong, never in contention, 9th of 14, 9l behind Duke Of Clarence (8-11) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
West End Lad 15-2 (8-3) Mid-division on outside, headway over 5f out, ridden and lost place over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not getting to leaders when eased towards finish, 6th of 10, 6l behind Myboyalfie (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Masters Blazing 20-1 (8-0) Prominent on outer, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Boonga Roogeta (8-4) at Newmarket 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-85) (3yo) (4) sft.