Recent 1m6f winner Gabrial's King will go close again if lasting home over this longer trip but LOOKS LIKE RAIN is proven over C&D. She won here in September and heavy ground was a legitimate excuse for last month's no-show at Newcastle. Six of Clubs popped-up over track and trip last time and should be thereabouts along with Tartan Jura who won a novelty handicap for jump jockeys on the Flat at Goodwood last month. Irish raider Formal Bid has won twice on the Polytrack at Dundalk and is not easily dismissed either.
Tartan Jura 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd inside final 4f, led narrowly 3f out, driven and strongly pressed from over 1f out, stayed on gamely to assert final 110 yards, won at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct beating Our Folly (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Raktiman (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Set steady pace, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 13l behind Foster's Road (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Brabazon (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Towards rear for most, some late headway straight, never a factor, 8th of 14, 8l behind Regal Tramp (9-8) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Souter Point (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway over 4f out, soon ridden, no impression from over 2f out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Kahfre 20-1 (9-5) Not much room soon after start, towards rear, lost place 5f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Tijori (8-8) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) hvy in Oct.
Formal Bid (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden into 8th 2f out, 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Atmospheric High (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Six of Clubs 9-1 (9-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, steady headway over 2f out, chased leaders well over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd well inside final furlong, driven to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Annelko (9-9) by shd, 11 ran.
Somemothersdohavem 16-1 (8-3) In rear, carried head awkwardly and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 36l behind Ardlui (10-0) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Laser Blazer (9-7) by ns, 9 ran.
Eastern Magic 9-1 (9-3) Awkward start, held up, headway on inside 11f out, every chance over 2f out, no impression on winner over 1f out, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Zarosa (7-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Looks Like Rain 5-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, weakend 5f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, 41l behind River Dragon (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Geanie Mac (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Tracked leading pair, driven over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 35l behind Mason Hindmarsh (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.