PINDAR remains in fine form. He won a couple of times over 1m2f during the summer and today's longer trip should be no problem given he's scored over hurdles since. Barney Curley's charge gets the nod ahead of Badea, who remains a maiden despite slipping down the weights, and Salisbury runner-up Elegant Ophelia, who should figure off her current mark but is hard to predict. Kames Park pops up at this level occasionally and Holden Eagle has claims back on the Polytrack.
Jalors (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Vexillum (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Holden Eagle 25-1 (10-10) With leader until 7f out, chased leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 41l behind Novirak (11-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Shirataki (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 7f out, challenged and led well over 1f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, last of 14, 14l behind Bert The Alert (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Viva Diva 10-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, some progress from 1 1/2f out, kept on without threatening, never nearer, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Balmont Flyer (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Strike Force 28-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway under pressure inside final furlong, held when eased close home, 10th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Lean On Pete (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Kames Park (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Rythmic (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bennelong 25-1 (9-9) Held up, headway on outer from 7f out to lead 5f out, clear over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 23l behind Marmas (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Before Bruce 33-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and effort 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Beat Route (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Pindar (GER) 7-2fav (9-3) Led after 1f, shaken up when strongly challenged over 1f out, soon forged clear, easily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Aug beating High 'n Dry (8-9) by 2l, 13 ran.
Mesariya (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, just held for 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Zenarinda (8-9) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) sft in Oct.
Badea 10-3 (8-11) Led after 1f, headed over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 5l behind Miss Dashwood (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Elegant Ophelia 22-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Grand Liaison (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.