ITALIAN TOM is selected here ahead of Lucky Mellor and R Woody. The selection has a 6lb penalty for a recent course and distance success but still looks competitive. He looks to have a fair enough draw in stall three and another bold bid looks assured. Lucky Mellor is one of the most consistent in the race and he is proven at the track; the problem is that he is edging up the handicap. Six Wives is another filly who is proven here, and she wasn't far behind Lucky Mellor last time, whilst R Woody was a 100/1 winner last time out and his handicap mark has been reassessed as a result and off 73 he might struggle. Kyladdie drops in trip, and of more interest may be Athwaab who travelled well for a long way over six furlongs earlier in the week. Angie's Nap is a player now back over the minimum trip, however it is Italian Tom who is preferred.
Italian Tom (IRE) 2-1 (9-7) With leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, assertive towards finish, won at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs beating Orchid Wing (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lucky Mellor 9-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, pressed leader 2f out, driven to lead 1f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Point To Prove (8-2) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Six Wives 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, headway to lead after 2f, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Point To Prove (8-2) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
R Woody 100-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs beating Maldon Prom (8-13) by 3l, 8 ran.
Kylladdie 22-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Mass Rally (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Athwaab 7-2 (9-3) Raced wide, in rear, headway to chase leading pair entering final 3f, ridden and edged left and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Clear Ice (9-3) at Southwell 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs.
Angie's Nap (USA) 8-1 (8-12) With leader, soon hung left, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Point To Prove (8-2) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Thewinnatakesitall 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 8th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Vilnius (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Taeping (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, going well 2f out, ridden over 1f out, found nil and weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Admiral Cochrane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.