Crimson Queen, Shawkantango, No Mean Trick and You'relikemefrank have all been below par lately and Desert Strike is high enough in the weights again now but the remainder all have some sort of chance. A further drop in distance is a bit of a worry for 7f winner Strong Man but both of Passionada's victories have come over the minimum and a visor could help sharpen up Master of Disguise. However, he has a bit to find to overturn recent course running with CARDINAL and Robert Cowell's eight-year-old is probably the one to beat.
Crimson Queen 33-1 (9-4) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Hamoody (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Desert Strike 10-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 7th of 10, 5l behind Polar Venture (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Cardinal 14-1 (9-6) Pulled hard trackrd leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Colbyor (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Strong Man 6-1 (8-12) With leader, led 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on, headed final stride, 2nd of 11, nk behind Khawatim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Passionada 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Greenhead High (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Shawkantango 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 9l behind Khawatim (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Master of Disguise 11-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Colourbearer (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
No Mean Trick (USA) 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched right, ran on, 7th of 11, 5l behind Hamoody (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
You'relikemefrank 8-1 (8-11) Hampered start, in touch in rear, outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 5l behind Bop It (9-5) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.