Red Shadow won over C&D last month but couldn't follow-up off today's higher mark last time. It's a similar story for Portrush Storm and Invigilator who both won their penultimate starts. A 6lb rise for Gran Canaria Queen's recent victory over 5f here may scupper her chances and preference goes to AMETHYST DAWN. A close-up second over 7f at this track last time having tumbled down the weights, Alan McCabe's mare looks set for a return to winning ways.
Punching 25-1 (8-13) Led over 1f, prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 13l behind Pre Tax Profit (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Choc'a'moca (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Middleton Flyer (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Menelik (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Always behind, 13th of 16, 18l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct '11.
Invigilator 11-2 (9-4) In rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Iceblast (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Methaaly (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 9l behind Iceblast (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Gran Canaria Queen 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, closed on outside over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Speedyfix (9-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Bengaline 10-1 (8-6) Keen led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 21l behind Flying Pickets (9-5) at Southwell 7f 3yo clm stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Portrush Storm 9-1 (10-2) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Ferdy (10-11) at Chester 6f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Prominent, chased leader over 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Balti's Sister (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
M J Woodward 6-1 (8-13) Led 2f, tracked leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind New Decade (9-3) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Bang Tidy (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Nawarah (8-12) at Southwell 5f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Red Shadow 17-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Iceblast (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Mr Optimistic 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, not clear run over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Gran Canaria Queen (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.