MISHRIF can defy a penalty and land the opener. He'd been well beaten on his first outing on this surface, but it was a different story last week when he ran out a five length winner. With that mind, Uncle Dermot's previous poor effort at this track may be worth ignoring as he's a winner without a penalty having scored at Yarmouth in October. Cantor has been in decent form on the Polytrack but previous course and distance winner West End Lad remains out of sorts. Master Of Song is 5lb higher than when scoring here in August and something went amiss with Better Value last time.
Mishrif (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden to press leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear entering final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs beating Bitaphon (9-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Egotist (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Dwelt, coon chasing leaders on inside, pushed along 2f out, hung left and hit rail over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 6l behind George Fenton (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Khajaaly (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 2l behind Dansili Dutch (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Emperatriz 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 5l behind Frost Fire (8-12) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs.
West End Lad 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, well beaten over 3f out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 4, 12l behind Officer In Command (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Chief Executive (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 7l behind Lybica (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Exceedexpectations 5-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, faded towards finish, 6th of 10, 9l behind Tartan Trip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Ted's Brother (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Cantor 9-2 (8-3) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, headway over 1f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Pravda Street (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.
Master Of Song 40-1 (9-6) Dwelt keen headway on outer to track leaders 6f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 19l behind Punditry (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Better Value (IRE) 2-1fav (9-8) Led, headed over 3f out, soon weakened and eased, pulled up over 2f out, in a race won by Berkeley Street (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol, 6 ran.
Amtired 9-2fav (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway over 4f out, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 12l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Mitchell 66-1 (8-10) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 8l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Rockgoat (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to chase winner approaching final furlong until inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 11, 6l behind Mac Tiernan (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun.