Spic 'n Span won at Southwell a week ago and seems best at that track these days while Rievaulx World has a three month absence to overcome in his bid to end a long losing run. Sloop Johnb won a similar event over C&D recently and has the beating of Grudge on earlier form. He looks to have every chance of following up but LEWYN is preferred. A three-time winner over C&D, the return to this track can see him back in the winner's enclosure after a couple of respectable efforts in better company at Kempton.
Grudge 10-1 (8-9) Close up and keen, raced wide and lost place before 2f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Stratton Banker (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Lewyn 6-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, hard ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Feelin Foxy (8-11) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Rievaulx World 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, not clear run well over 1f out, soon carried left, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken towards finish, 5th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Sloop Johnb 10-11fav (9-1) Soon led, made rest, ridden over 1f out, soon clear and edged left, kept on well, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (5) pol beating Elhamri (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Spic 'n Span 11-8fav (9-0) Made all, joined and pushed along over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs beating Your Gifted (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Athwaab 4-1 (8-8) Led and keen, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Vhujon (8-8) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Spirit Of Dixie 16-1 (8-9) Prominent, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 19l behind Almaty Express (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.