Violent Velocity comes out best at the weights but the C&D winner is having his first start since August and ONE WAY OR ANOTHER can make the most of a fitness advantage. The latter separated a couple of higher rated rivals when runner-up on his latest start at this track in October and makes more appeal than Abhaath whose only victory so far came over 7f. Veteran Bold Marc has just the two wins on the all-weather to his credit and both of them came on the Fibresand at Southwell.
Bold Marc (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Prominent, driven to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Daniel Thomas (9-7) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 5-4fav (9-0) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in rear, headway to 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression when hung right well inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Electrician (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Fathsta (9-5) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Abhaath (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, ridden on outside well over 1f out, never involved, 8th of 9, 19l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.