This sees the return of the remarkable LA ESTRELLA. He was last seen at the track in May when recording his 12th victory on the Fibresand and given he goes well fresh, Don Cantillon's charge can repeat last year's win in this and add to his tally. Xpres Maite is a C&D winner and makes more appeal than both Pendragon and King Of Windsor on that score but Honest Deal has gone close on the Fibresand before. The dark horse is German import, Low Key, though he's hard to assess on his first start for new connections after nearly a year off the track.
Honest Deal 7-1 (9-9) Raced wide in touch, headway over 4f out, tracked leaders over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 12l behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
La Estrella (USA) 1-2fav (10-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well, won at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (5) fbs in May beating Jack Dawkins (9-12) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
King Of Windsor (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 24l behind The Baronet (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Pendragon (USA) 15-8fav (9-10) Mid-division, under pressure over 5f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 6l behind A Little Bit Dusty (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Xpres Maite 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 4f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 8l behind A Little Bit Dusty (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Lakeman (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division on inside, headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner briefly over 2f out, kept on same pace, took 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Gosforth Park (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Low Key (IRE) (9-4) 4th of 13, 3l behind Unknown 1st (8-11) at Ghlin(BEL) 1m 2f 4yo stk pol in Nov '11.
Neighbourhood (USA) 50-1 (9-10) Raced wide towards rear, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind Infinitum (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct.