OPUS MAXIMUS scored over C&D in September and had higher rated rivals than he faces here behind when beaten only a head back at this track last time. Conor Dore's charge gets the nod ahead of Greyfriarschorista who went close to taking advantage of his slide down the weights when runner-up at Musselburgh in August. Burning Stone's placed efforts in claimers give him a chance, while Tobrata should go close to finally losing his maiden tag with Jason Hart taking 5lb off his back.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leading pair, chased winner over 2f out, challenging on inside when carried left inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Standpoint (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Master Leon 33-1 (8-9) Raced wide pushed along in rear, outpaced over 3f out, 10th of 14, 27l behind Everymanforhimself (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Greyfriarschorista 11-2 (8-13) Chased leader, led over 4f out, hard ridden when headed over 1f out, kept on well close home, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Bolodenka (8-11) at Musselburgh 1m clm stks 0-70 (6) sft in Aug.
Burning Stone (USA) 9-2fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Doncosaque (7-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Douze Points (IRE) 100-1 (8-8) Outpaced and behind, 11th of 14, 40l behind Everymanforhimself (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Shelovestobouggie 7-2fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 9l behind Stylistickhill (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Justcallmehandsome 9-2 (8-9) Slowly away, in rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 8l behind Winged Valkyrie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Tobrata 11-2 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd final strides, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Dr Red Eye (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct.
Royal Premium 40-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, ridden on outer over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 10, 8l behind Shelovestobouggie (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.