Cut Across is proving consistent and is not easily dismissed, despite a penalty, for his recent win at Lingfield. Dorback has been running well over the minimum trip and has strong claims on his latest second at this track while Irish Heartbeat finished ahead of Waking Warrior when runner-up over C&D last week and is another to consider. LITTLE GARCON hasn't won for some time but has slipped 11lb down the weights since the start of last year as a consequence. A better effort last time suggests a return to form is imminent and Robert Cowell's charge gets the speculative vote.
Cut Across (IRE) 5-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Sunshine Always (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Little Garcon (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Island Legend (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Dorback 8-1 (8-8) In touch, went 3rd over 2f out, led entering final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Profile Star (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Bumped start, towards rear, not clear run well over 1f out, ridden and no headway, 8th of 9, 9l behind York Glory (9-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Waking Warrior 4-1 (9-7) In touch, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Fathsta (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
Lady Royale 12-1 (9-0) Towards rear and outpaced, kept on final furlong, no impression, 8th of 13, 5l behind Bosun Breese (8-13) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Bandstand 9-1 (9-6) Dwelt always towards rear, 10th of 12, 6l behind Beat The Bell (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Bubbly Ballerina 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out stayed on under pressure on outside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Island Legend (9-1) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Song Of Parkes 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, last of 11, 9l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Irish Heartbeat (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 6th of 11, 4l behind Silverware (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 2-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 6th of 11, 5l behind Cockney Dancer (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.