Equitania won a claimer at this track last year but is penalised for a recent win at Wolverhampton. Sharaarah has the better form with a victory over course and distance last month and preferred to Silken Express, 11lb higher than her win over track and trip back in May. Royal Bajan has yet to win off a mark as high as today's and carrying 6lb extra for his recent defeat of Threes Grand at Wolverhampton and EVEN STEVENS looks a better bet. He can race off a lower mark than the latest of his six course wins and it could be his turn to come good again.
Khawatim 8-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Dark Castle (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Doctor Parkes 40-1 (9-1) Always in rear, last of 11, 17l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Equitania 16-1 (8-10) Broke well, made all, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Diamond Charlie (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Even Stevens 20-1 (8-11) 8th of 10, 4l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol.
Silken Express (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Perfect Pasture (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Cheveton 8-1 (9-1) Reared start and slowly away in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Best Trip (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Sharaarah (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov beating Rambo Will (8-3) by 1l, 9 ran.
Maglietta Fina (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards fininsh, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Best Trip (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 14th of 21, 4 1/2l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Royal Bajan (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, very easily, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Threes Grand (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Threes Grand 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon not clear run, chased winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Royal Bajan (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Clubland (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Cruise Tothelimit (9-0) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 12-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 16, 16l behind Sir Pedro (8-10) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Monsieur Jamie 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 9, hd behind Tom Sawyer (8-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.