Edgware Road is weighted to reverse running with recent C&D winner Maven here and has first-time blinkers fitted to help his cause. Barton Bounty popped up at a big price over track and trip last time but it remains to be seen if he can repeat that under a penalty, although Colinca's Lad should be thereabouts once again with a claimer back in the saddle. Valley Tiger is another to consider having won over a shorter trip here in October, but a punt is taken on LASER BLAZER on only his third start of year as he's potentially much better than we've seen so far.
Maven 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Edgware Road (9-5) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Colinca's Lad (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) With leaders, led after 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Rose Aurora (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Barton Bounty 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead and edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Flying Applause (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Celtic Step 20-1 (8-9) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 5th of 12, 9l behind So Wise (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Valley Tiger 13-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on bit over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct beating Princess Gail (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bidable 15-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 7l behind Winged Valkyrie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Diplomasi 8-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never on terms, 6th of 11, 5l behind If What And Maybe (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Edgware Road 4-1 (9-5) Mid-division, smooth headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Maven (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Monsieur Broughton 50-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 11, 16l behind Secret Era (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Kai Mook 14-1 (8-9) Held up, never a threat, 7th of 13, 7l behind Signora Frasi (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Corrib (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 6l behind Barton Bounty (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Laser Blazer 40-1 (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 9l behind Pipers Piping (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Senor Tommie (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, driven along 2f out, soon no extra, 11th of 14, 16l behind Appletreemagic (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-60 pol in Apr.