MICHAEL'S NOOK has been in slightly better form of late and gets the speculative vote in a poor handicap dropping back in distance after finishing third here on his latest start. Irrational finished a bit closer last time and has a chance dropped another 3lb but Under Par reverted to type here on her latest start having gone close in a blanket finish over 6f before that. Give Us A Belle is another on the slide and may finish closer but C&D winner Coach Montana has a high draw to overcome.
Irrational 25-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Mey Blossom (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Coach Montana (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 13, 9l behind Bussa (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Autumnus (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 47l behind Enthusiastic (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Chased leaders to halfway, ridden and weakened before straight, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Midnight Soprano (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Outside Art 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind Temple Road (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol.
Under Par 10-3fav (8-8) Led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, soon hampered, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lord Paget 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden and some headway on outside over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 7l behind Inffiraaj (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Nov.
Michael's Nook 3-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway entering final furlong, ridden and stayed on towards finish, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Brown Pete (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Give Us A Belle (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Raced wide tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, ridden to challenge winner 2f out, soon no impression, one pace and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Alezanna (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Emma Jean (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 15l behind Bussa (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Dhhamaan (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Angel Cake (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Artillery Train (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, outpaced from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Bull Bay (9-3) at Kempton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.