Jonnie Skull won when last seen at the course and is 5lb lower in the ratings than that last winning mark, however he looks bang out of form. Royal Holiday is 2-3 here so has to be worth a closer look but it remains to be seen how Eastern Hills will handle a switch to this artificial surface after winning at Leicester on testing ground last month. MCCONNELL certainly handles the track having won here three times and now he is dropped to a realistic looking mark he may be the one to chance in a competitive race. The trainer has a 21% strike-rate at the course in recent seasons and he can add to the tally with McConnell. It's worth noting any market movements for Astrodonna with her psychic connections (owned by Mystic Meg), whilst Club Tahiti may also be a threat despite carrying top weight.
Club Tahiti 9-2fav (9-6) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Spring Secret (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
McConnell (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Disputed lead until ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Tevez (9-6) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Gordy Bee (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 12, 18l behind Ocean Transit (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Astrodonna 10-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, switched left and stayed on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Bond City (9-7) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Florio Vincitore (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Syrian (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Pinsplitter (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Raced last throughout, ridden in moderate last straight, no impression, last of 4, 12l behind Echoes Of History (9-0) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn gf in Sep.
Border Owl (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, pressed winner inside final 3f, no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 12l behind Bond City (9-7) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Bel Cantor 11-2 (8-3) Dwelt in rear, never a factor, 10th of 11, 13l behind Victorian Bounty (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
San Antonio 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders and raced wide, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 5l behind Dinner Date (9-1) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Eastern Hills 5-1fav (10-0) Chased leaders in 3rd stands side group, led stands side group and overall leader well over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct beating The Human League (10-4) by 3/4l, 17 ran.
Ancient Times (USA) 11-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair until ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 18l behind Moscow Oznick (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway on outer when hung left from over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Know No Fear (8-8) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 40-1 (9-4) Ridden to lead, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 16l behind Pipers Piping (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol.
Craicajack (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Hurricane Thomas (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.