Dandy Nicholls runs three in the opener and Suddenly Susan makes most appeal of those. She was third at Wolverhampton last week, but finished just ahead of today's rival Takajan when fifth over C&D before that. The latter also has claims if back to his best, while Yours is lightly-raced and could figure if taking to the surface. The speculative vote goes to another Firesand debutant WELLMARKED, however, as the Irish raider scored in soft ground at Cork in October and went close again when third at Dundalk last time.
Sands Of Dee (USA) 10-1 (8-6) Chased leadsers on inside, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 7l behind Punching (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Fibs And Flannel 17-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, led after 3f, headed over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 24l behind William Haigh (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Prince Of Vasa (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Mount Hollow (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Nov.
Arrivaderci 50-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 13, 9l behind Take Cover (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Greenhead High 9-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Elhamri (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Suddenly Susan (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Perlachy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Always Gunner 66-1 (8-13) Led, hard driven over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Benato The Great (9-1) at Redcar 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Oct '10.
Unwrapit (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Know No Fear (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Takajan (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on entering final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Take Cover (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Footstepsofspring (FR) 16-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, soon led on outside, ran wide and headed over 3f out, well held after, last of 13, 17l behind West Leake (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Wellmarked (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, pushed along halfway, 8th 2f out, stayed on into 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Trotting Weasel (9-0) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 9l behind Francis Albert (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Yours 7-2fav (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, driven over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Monel (8-12) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Wandering Lad 8-1 (8-7) Prominent, led halfway, hard ridden over 1f out, headed when hung right under pressure inside final furlong, faded, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Memphis Man (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.