JOHN POTTS stands out in this field courtesy of his two recent victories over C&D. He had Celtic Life behind last time and, off only a 2lb higher mark, Brian Baugh's charge can continue his winning ways. Al Rayanah remains consistent but his losing run stretches back to 2008 now and a bigger threat could come from Fortunate Bid, who will have come on for his recent comeback run here. Dancing Poppy is another to note after an improved effort at Lingfield last month.
Al Rayanah 9-2 (9-0) Slowly away, raced in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, effort on outside over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind No Complaining (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
The Graig 28-1 (8-13) Never a factor, last of 11, 19l behind Pie Poudre (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
John Potts 7-2fav (8-9) Always prominent, driven to lead over 1f out, ridden clear, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec beating On The Cusp (8-8) by nk, 10 ran.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) In rear, staying on when hampered over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Pie Poudre (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Corrib (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Started slowly, always towards rear, 8th of 13, 11l behind Master Of Light (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Djalalabad (FR) 25-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 30l behind One Oi (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Crianza 80-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear and outpaced, 11th of 14, 15l behind Northern Flyer (9-0) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Hedgerow (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 19l behind Join Up (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Dane Cottage 20-1 (8-6) Took keen hold towards rear, stayed on inside final furlong but not pace to threaten leaders, 8th of 14, 5l behind Iguacu (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sopran Nad (ITY) 10-1 (8-8) Held up, headway over 1f out, not troubled leaders, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Indian Violet (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Celtic Life (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) In touch, headway over 6f out, soon tracking leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind John Potts (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Dancing Poppy 33-1 (8-4) Close up in 5th, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Iguacu (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Fitzwarren 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, recovered to lead after 1f, ridden and headed inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Royal Composer (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.