A couple stand out at the weights. Alaskan Bullet and POWERFUL WIND were both beaten in claimers at this track last time but the latter is preferred in this as all five of his victories have been over today's minimum trip. Nine Before Ten went close over C&D last time and Ice Trooper scored at Bath in September but both have plenty to find with the principals on today's terms. The same applies to Funcheon Vale, whose form has taken a dip of late, and the remainder are even harder to fancy.
Ice Trooper 14-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 14l behind We'll Deal Again (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Dwelt, tracked leader, challenged 2f out, ridden entering final furlong, weakened last 100 yards, 8th of 9, 9l behind Where's Reiley (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Deveze (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) In touch, pushed along halfway, weakened soon after, last of 10, 30l behind Lady Mango (9-3) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, ridden entering final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 13, 2l behind Red Cape (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Choice Words (USA) 66-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out, led well over 1f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Above Standard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Simpson Millar 50-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Ingleby Angel (9-2) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
First Fast Now (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Held up, ridden 3f out, effort 2f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 10l behind Clubland (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Funcheon Vale (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 12, 9l behind Gran Canaria Queen (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Myjestic Melody (IRE) 28-1 (8-4) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 14, 5l behind Ryedane (8-7) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leaders, challenging when hung left from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Sally's Swansong (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Rose Madder 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 15l behind Marford Missile (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Started slowly, took keen hold and held up towards rear on outside, ridden and struggling well over 1f out, never a factor, 9th of 12, 14l behind Above Standard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol in Oct.