A C&D winner in 2009, Elusive Fame is dropped in class here and has a 7lb claimer to help his cause. But recent form suggests he needs a longer trip to show his best nowadays and the more progressive SIR LOUIS is preferred. He's won his last two starts over C&D and will need to improve again to land his hat trick, but he looks capable of doing just that given the ease of his latest victory. Besty and Onceaponatime are closely matched on their recent form behind Punching, who runs in the previous race, but the once-useful Beckermet hasn't won since 2007 and makes his Fibresand debut on his 93rd start.
Thrust Control (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden halfway, one pace final 2f, 6th of 9, 6l behind Amenable (9-7) at Ripon 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Besty 10-1 (9-0) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Punching (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Elusive Fame (USA) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 3l behind Everymanforhimself (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Jan.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Prominent early, held up, ridden over 1f out, not clear run over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Jack Rackham (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Sir Louis 5-2 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, led 2f out, soon ridden, in command over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan beating Gold Story (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Beckermet (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 23l behind Esprit De Midas (9-7) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Takajan (IRE) 18-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders on outside, hanging left when switched right over 1f out, no impression entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, eased close home, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Jack Rackham (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.