Hellbender has been in good form at Southwell, winning twice at the latter track this season. Barbados Bob scored at the same venue recently but the Irish import was well beaten on the Polytrack at Dundalk last month. Kimbali went close in a claimer at Lingfield last time and this isn't much tougher. He's preferred to all-weather debutant Lucky Lodge but ORPSIE BOY makes more appeal after scoring over track and trip last time, despite his jockey losing an iron in the closing stages. Ruth Carr's charge can follow up off his current mark.
Rugosa 8-1 (9-6) Held up in touch and raced awkwardly, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind The Great Gabrial (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Living Leader 16-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 8l behind Scottish Glen (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hellbender (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Outpaced towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, went 3rd inside final 2f, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Barbados Bob (USA) 13-8fav (9-0) Chased leading trio, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead and edged left over 1f out, headed and hung left inside final furlong, rallied to lead again close up, won at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs beating Shamassiba (9-0) by hd, 6 ran.
Kimbali (IRE) 12-1 (8-2) Dwelt, close up, headway over 1f out, every chance when bumped inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, hd behind Four Winds (8-8) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Lucky Lodge 7-1 (8-10) Steadied start, took keen hold and soon tracking leaders, outpaced 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Tajneed (9-4) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, rider lost iron over 1f out, soon hard ridden and headway, kept on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol beating Monte Cassino (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
David's Secret 3-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 5th, driven and no impression when hung right final 2f, 6th of 9, 11l behind Avatar Star (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 50-1 (9-1) Never better than mid-division, 10th of 11, 4l behind Tee It Up Tommo (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Nelina 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 15, 15l behind Minimee (8-6) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.