One favourite has won this in eight seasons. CHOOKIE HAMILTON had dropped to his lowest-ever mark on his 81st start over slightly shorter here last time and, with just a 4lb rise and Simon Walker in the saddle, he can gain his ninth all-weather successs. Serena Brotherton's mount Bute Street, who has won three times here and was in very good form during the summer, is likely to be thereabouts while Sainglend has been jumping with a reasonable amount of success and Shy has dropped to a very lowly mark so should get involved. Candelita ran well on her reappearance here last month and may do best of the remainder.
Sedgwick 12-1 (10-9) Towards rear of mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leading pair final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Candelita 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Holden Eagle 7-1 (9-2) Chased leader until over 10f out, stayed chasing leaders until ridden and outpaced and lost place over 3f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Badea (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Bute Street 13-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Shades Of Grey (9-2) at Newbury 1m 3f app hcp (5) sft in Jul.
Sainglend 13-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, challenged on outside from 3f out, close 3rd and every chance 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, kept on in closing stages, unable to reach winner, 3rd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Tartan Jura (11-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Goldmadchen (GER) 9-1 (9-7) Held up, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon led, ran on, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov beating Lakeman (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ravi River (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 7th of 15, 9l behind Joshua The First (9-3) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Kames Park (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Behind, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on well on outside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Chookie Hamilton 9-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating White Deer (9-2) by nk, 11 ran.
Augustus John (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 12, 19l behind Boa (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Shy 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 14, 11l behind Major Domo (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Asterales 50-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, towards rear of mid-division on outside, chased leaders under pressure over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 15, 7l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Before Bruce 40-1 (9-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, went 2nd halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 46l behind Italian Riviera (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.