It could pay to stick with MURCAR in this. He beat a subsequent winner four lengths over course and distance earlier this month and can effectively race off a lower mark today with an apprentice's allowance taken into account. Somemothersdohavem could also figure as he ran well off today's mark at Kempton last time and Wild Desert is another who should benefit from his rider's 7lb claim. Bradbury, Sohcahtoa and Odin are not without a shout though the latter is unproven over the distance.
Art History (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) With leaders, soon led, ridden over 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Mica Mika (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Valid Reason 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, headway 4f out, challenged 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Mashaari (9-2) at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Odin (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway and effort on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 4th of 8, 1l behind Noble Silk (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Murcar 16-1 (9-6) Pressed leader, driven over 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, led entering final furlong, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating English Summer (9-5) by 4l, 4 ran.
Wild Desert (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Led, ridden 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra last 50 yards and lost 2nd place, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Stand Guard (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (5) pol.
Sohcahtoa (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) In touch, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 4l behind Rapid Heat Lad (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Somemothersdohavem 7-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside over 1f out, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed 1f out, stayed challenging until no extra and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Fourth Generation (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Bradbury (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) In touch, ridden over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, no chance after, 5th of 8, 6l behind Renegotiate (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Experimentalist 6-1 (9-12) Held up, headway over 5f out, not much room and switched left over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, soon headed, ran on, just held, 2nd of 9, ns behind Entitlement (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.