Strikemaster arrives in fine form, but is stepping up in class in attempting to land a hat-trick and could find MIDNIGHT WALTZ too good here. Sir Mark Prescott's filly tries a longer trip on her handicap debut after three starts on the Polytrack and a big improvement is expected. Dark Spirit won over hurdles in September, but makes her Fibresand debut 13lb higher than when scoring on the Flat in August and First Rock makes more appeal having won a bumper at this track last year. Indian Pipe Dream has been a big improver over fences this year and may figure back on the level.
Calculating (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Slowly away, recovered to rear 9f out, ridden halfway, never on terms, 5th of 10, 26l behind Marsh Warbler (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Dart 25-1 (8-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and struggling on outside over 2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Accumulate (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Held up behind, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 10th of 13, 30l behind Vittachi (9-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Indian Pipe Dream (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Set pedestrian pace until 8f out, tracked leader, pushed along 5f out, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 10l behind La Estrella (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Actodos (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leader and keen, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Bushy Dell (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep '09.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 7-2 (8-5) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Dr Livingstone (10-0) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
First Rock (IRE) 5-1fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out until over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 11l behind River Dragon (9-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Midnight Waltz 4-1 (8-12) Mid-division, reminders and faltered over 5f out, soon hung left and headway, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 12l behind Tonnerre (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Strikemaster (IRE) 9-2 (10-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, won at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct beating La Bacouetteuse (10-13) by 5l, 10 ran.