Gala Spirit finally came good when scoring over C&D last month and may have found her best trip, but Princess Dayna attempts today's distance for the first time having landed a couple of low grade handicaps over 6f. Chookie Avon has a 6lb penalty for last week's victory in a higher grade at this track and he should figure once again, but MICHAEL'S NOOK gets the vote. He's bidding for his hat-trick after a cosy win over track and trip three weeks ago and David Barron's charge looks the one to beat in his current form.
Chookie Avon 8-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead final strides, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Woolfall Sovereign (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
This Ones For Eddy 16-1 (8-13) Dwelt mid-division, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 10, 5l behind Chookie Avon (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Aviso (GER) 5-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Bavarian Princess (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Berbice (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Behind, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, headed towards finish, lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Here Now And Why (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Bonnie Prince Blue 16-1 (9-5) In rear farside, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 13, 24l behind Moonlight Mystery (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Pytheas (USA) 5-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Kristollini (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Rio Royale (9-0) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Michael's Nook 13-8fav (8-6) Mid-division, headway on inside well over 1f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Know No Fear (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Princess Dayna 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs in Oct beating Fluctuation (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Gala Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, led 3f out, quickened clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct beating Radiator Rooney (8-11) by 2l, 11 ran.
Whats For Pudding (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 12, 16l behind Belle Park (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Jackie Love (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 11th of 13, 9l behind Rio Royale (9-0) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.