Frequency carries a 6lb penalty for his win over C&D last week when he beat the re-opposing Mey Blossom and Sir Nod with a bit in hand. He should make another bold bid, while Bahamian Lad and Meia Noite both went close over track and trip on their latest starts and have claims on that form. METHAALY was spotted making late headway here on his second outing back from a lay-off and, given he's won off a 5lb higher mark before and landed this race last year, he gets the vote with a 5lb claimer further helping his cause.
Frequency 7-2 (9-7) In touch and keen, headway and not much room over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, kept on well towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Mey Blossom (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sir Nod 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on outer, led after 1f, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 4l behind Frequency (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Methaaly (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Caledonia Princess (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Dream Catcher (FR) 40-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 9l behind Seeking Magic (9-3) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Haadeeth 7-2 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, ridden and hung left well over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 12l behind Prince James (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bahamian Lad 5-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, hung left from over 1f out, ridden and chased winner well inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Millyluvstobouggie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Ryedane (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, one pace, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Henry Morgan (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Mey Blossom 11-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Frequency (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Elhamri 33-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Prince James (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Distant Sun (USA) 40-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 19, 3 1/2l behind Half A Crown (9-4) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Kipchak (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Raced wide, chased leaders 4f, 11th of 13, 11l behind Haadeeth (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Meia Noite 8-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, soon hard ridden, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Silver Wind (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Welcome Approach 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out on inner, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 17, 8l behind El Dececy (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Oct.