Despite another 5lb rise, it's difficult to see past BALTI'S SISTER, who was gaining her third victory from four starts on the track when scoring comfortably last month. She has more to offer and can go in again. Ebble showed plenty of promise on Turf before scoring here last month and is another with more to give while Travelling gained her only succes to date over this C&D and she's been racing over longer trips subsequently. Avonrose has won seven races including here though she does appear to go better at Southwell and faces a stiff test under her big weight.
Avonrose 10-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, effort when short of room entering final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Fayr Fall (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Morant Bay (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Trois Vallees (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Ebble 15-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, travelling well over 1f out, effort on inside to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Mister Mackenzie (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Dubious Escapade (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, took keen hold, switched right and 3rd over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, pressed winner, held close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Serene Oasis (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Balti's Sister (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, not clear run on inside over 2f out, good headway on inner over 1f out, soon chased leaders, led inside final furlong, ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov beating Green Mitas (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Slewtoo 33-1 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 16l behind Restaurateur (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Tenbridge 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 6l behind Good Luck Charm (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Travelling 12-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, rapid headway on inside to 2nd soon after halfway, lost 2nd over 4f out, lost place inside final 4f, 8th of 12, 12l behind Dazzling Valentine (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Fairlie Dinkum 66-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 15l behind Living Leader (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.