Zefooha scored over 2m2f at Pontefract last time with Madam Lilibet a length behind and Tarantella Lady further back. A 3lb rise shouldn't be a problem but today's much shorter trip could be. CATEGORICAL makes more appeal as he was only beaten a short-head over this distance at Musselburgh back in May and goes well fresh. Musically also has claims on her earlier victory at Catterick but Ad Value has struggled off higher marks since winning early in the season and Madrasa's C&D win in June came on fast ground.
Categorical 12-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway on inside over 3f out, challenged winner entering final furlong, soon every chance, ran on, just held, 2nd of 12, shd behind La Bacouetteuse (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Madrasa (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Raced wide, held up, headway over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 16, 25l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Zefooha (FR) 20-1 (9-1) Made all, driven over 2f out, hard pressed over 1f out, ridden and held on gamely final furlong, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct beating Madam Lilibet (7-12) by 1l, 7 ran.
Tarantella Lady 10-1 (9-1) Held up in 5th, outpaced on outside over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression final 2f, 5th of 7, 13l behind Zefooha (9-1) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Ad Value (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Led early, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Mason Hindmarsh (9-8) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Essexbridge 12-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 10th of 13, 10l behind One Of Three (9-5) at Limerick 7f stks gd in Jun '11.
Musically 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, brief effort over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 35l behind Zarosa (7-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Maska Pony (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, dropped to mid-division over 3f out, switched outside and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 8th of 15, 6l behind Cadgers Brig (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Stanley Rigby 12-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 6th of 12, 28l behind Cottam Donny (10-4) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep.
Ruff Diamond (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, tracked leaders after 2f, went 2nd halfway, quickly lost place over 5f out, in rear and tailed off, last of 7, well behind Pokfulham (9-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 9-2 (7-12) Held up in 4th, headway 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Zefooha (9-1) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Denison Flyer 40-1 (9-9) Held up in touch in mid-division, took keen hold, effort over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind Into The Wind (10-9) at Warwick 1m 7f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Lady Intrigue (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, pushed along in rear, riodden and switched right over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 16l behind Neige D'antan (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Shirls Son Sam 10-3 (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 13l behind Blue Zealot (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Mystified (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 18l behind A Little Bit Dusty (10-9) at Pontefract 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Penderyn 14-1 (8-0) Tracked leader after 1f, led 8f out, clear 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, plugged on one pace, 4th of 9, 10l behind Beyeh (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.