Paul Midgley saddles the top and bottom weights and though Irish Girls Spirit looks to have the better chance she's yet to prove she acts on the surface. M J Woodward and Angelo Poliziano have been going well on the all-weather and fought out a finish at Catterick in October. Both can go well here but the lightly-raced and progressive HELLO STRANGER looks the one to be on as he made a winning belated debut at Newcastle in September and ran really well in soft ground handicaps subsequently. Baltic Bomber, who scored here on soft ground in June, looks best of the remainder.
Nomoreblondes 15-2 (9-5) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 6th of 9, 5l behind I'll Be Good (8-9) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
M J Woodward 9-2 (9-2) Prominent, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Clubland (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Angelo Poliziano 4-1 (9-7) Raced wide close up, headway approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Speedyfix (8-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Captain Scooby 12-1 (9-2) In touch, under pressure over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Greenhead High (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Ambitious Icarus 16-1 (9-3) In rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 15l behind Elusive Hawk (9-2) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
Hello Stranger (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Towards rear, kept on final furlong, nearest at finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Mother Jones (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Mission Impossible 10-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 9l behind Phoenix Clubs (9-4) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Baltic Bomber (IRE) 22-1 (8-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, effort over 2f out, no impression, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 21l behind Rocky Reef (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Tuibama (IRE) 17-2 (8-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kellys Eye (9-2) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Boucher Garcon (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) Slowly away, outpaced towards rear and reminders after 1f, never a factor, last of 11, 19l behind Come On Dave (9-8) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Irish Girls Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, not clear run 2f out, soon switched right, led over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Lizzy's Dream (9-3) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.