A few of these arrive in good form, though neither Art Scholar and Priors Gold could cope with a rise in the weights last time having scored at this track before that. One who did handle a 7lb rise for his earlier win at Southwell was WILLIAM HAIGH, who followed up over a shorter trip here on his latest outing. Today's extra distance should be within his compass and a hat-trick looks on the cards for Alan Swinbank's charge. Raucous Behaviour is another in search of a treble and he looks a genuine threat ahead of last month's C&D winner Dark Dune, who is upped in class today.
Sir Boss (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Irish Flame (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f stks (3yo+) (4) pol in Nov.
Guest Book (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Held up behind, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 15l behind William Haigh (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Nezhenka 6-1fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 15, 9l behind Direct Answer (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Brouhaha 12-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Raucous Behaviour (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Art Scholar (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Raucous Behaviour (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Priors Gold 5-4fav (9-8) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Wild Desert (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
William Haigh (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Standpoint (8-13) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
The Lock Master (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) In touch on outside, ridden and outpaced 2f, kept on same pace, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 17l behind William Haigh (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Pertemps Networks 5-2 (9-6) Set steady pace, ridden and headed 3f out, plugged on same pace, 4th of 6, 13l behind Sphinx (8-13) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Raucous Behaviour (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Brouhaha (9-6) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Dark Dune (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, went 2nd inside final 3f, led on bit over 1f out, soon clear, very easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Sand Skier (8-12) by 2l, 10 ran.
Jeer (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 35l behind Plattsburgh (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.