RUWAIYAN romped to an easy victory over track and trip when dropped back to today's trip. He has a 10lb hike to contend with but gets the vote anyway with doubts surrounding his main rivals. Docofthebay is a rare winner nowadays and gets a change of headgear while Fieldgunner Kirkup and Personal Touch have both shown a preference for slow ground. Piddie's Power has just the two wins in 30 starts and Fortinbrass recorded his recent victory over 6f in a claiming race. Living The Life had been in good form until meeting the selection last time and has nearly six lengths to make up if she's to figure.
Docofthebay (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, no impression when not clear run and switched right entering final furlong, 10th of 11, 6l behind Horsted Keynes (8-8) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Ruwaiyan (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 7f (4) pol in Oct beating Caldercruix (9-2) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Fieldgunner Kirkup (GER) 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden on outside over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Our Boy Jack (8-8) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Al's Memory (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Led until ridden over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, last of 11, 6l behind Horsted Keynes (8-8) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Personal Touch 5-1fav (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no extra near finish, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Piceno (8-2) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Oil Strike 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 8l behind Best Trip (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Piddie's Power 9-1 (8-13) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind Shafaani (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Fortinbrass (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol beating Light From Mars (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.