The burden of expectation on VOODOO PRINCE should have eased somewhat as the first foal of the brilliant Ouija Board was a losing favourite in a couple of handicaps during the summer. Absent since July, he's given another chance on his comeback as there's some decent all-weather races to contest over the winter if he takes to the Polytrack. Only a neck separated Chosen Forever and Snow Dancer here a fortnight ago and they could both figure, but So Wise will have to show further progress at this level raised 10lb for his latest win at this track, his third since September. European Dream and Veroon are not easily dismissed, but Polytrack debutant William Haigh has shown a particular liking for the Fibresand so far.
Guest Book (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Always behind, tailed off final 3f, last of 14, well behind Demolition (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Thunderstruck 40-1 (9-4) Dwelt, towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 42l behind Brigadoon (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Veroon (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, not much room over 7f out, ridden 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, pressing leaders inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Songburst (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
European Dream (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) In rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct beating Scrapper Smith (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Voodoo Prince 9-4fav (9-3) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Watercourse (8-8) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Star Links (USA) 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 9th entering straight, no extra from over 1f out, 15th of 20, 10l behind Take It To The Max (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp in Oct.
Chosen Forever 10-1 (9-3) Soon prominent, led 8f out, driven over 1f out, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Snow Dancer (9-6) by nk, 13 ran.
So Wise (USA) 3-1fav (9-7) Close up, tracked leader over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Fellisha (8-2) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, went 2nd close home, ran on, not quite able to reach winner, 2nd of 13, nk behind Chosen Forever (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Standpoint 6-1 (9-3) Made all, clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, held on, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol beating Opus Maximus (8-11) by hd, 8 ran.
The Lock Master (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, lost place when not much room over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
William Haigh (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Towards rear, soon in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Sofias Number One (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Cloud Illusions (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, not troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Young Dottie (8-7) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol.