This is an even worse handicap than the previous contest as the only one with any recent form worthy of a mention is PUTIN and he was engaged to run at Lingfield yesterday. He should come out best in this regardless of where he finishes on Saturday. If the latter doesn't turn up then it's time to break out the pin and blindfold as Cape of Storms has tumbled down the weights but remains in woeful form along with Ishetoo and Onceaponatime. Athaakeel also has the past form to figure if going back far enough and may prove next best.
Cape of Storms 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 14l behind Spitfire (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Pulled hard, soon in touch, weakened well over 2f out, last of 12, 23l behind Jackie Love (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Ishetoo 20-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 11, 6l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Hold The Star 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Jackie Love (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Putin (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Prominent, hard ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Commanche (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Athaakeel (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost place inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Dhhamaan (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Divertimenti (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Monumental Man (9-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Blue Noodles 40-1 (9-12) Mid-division, no headway, 8th of 15, 7l behind Fama Mac (10-9) at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Oct.
Johnson's Cat (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 12l behind Polar Venture (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Colamandis 80-1 (8-8) Slowly away outpaced, last of 9, 10l behind Monumental Man (9-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.