There is little between SILCA'S DREAM and Alhaarth Beauty in terms of form but the former has a fitness advantage which should give him the edge. Beaten less than a length in both starts this year, Mick Channon's charge can open his account in this. Red Baron was less than reliable last term but his best form is superior to the efforts of Poyle Todream while A J Cook made a promising debut at Ripon only to disappoint in better company at York in September. Stoneacre Oskar and Satwa's Sister are harder to fancy on what little they've shown so far.
Poyle Todream 125-1 (9-12) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Top Boy (8-6) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Red Baron (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) With leader, lost place when hung left 2f out, behind when eased 1f out, last of 10, 48l behind Elusive Bonus (8-10) at Ayr 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Stoneacre Oskar 80-1 (9-2) Slowly away and went right start, always behind, 8th of 9, 12l behind Ifan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
A J Cook (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) In touch in rear, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 19l behind The Art Of Racing (9-3) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gf in Sep.
Silca's Dream 5-4fav (9-0) Chased winner throughout, ridden and stayed on in closing stages, always held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Bapak Bangsawan (9-2) at Lingfield 5f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Alhaarth Beauty (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Space Artist (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Satwa's Sister 66-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 6th of 7, 11l behind Common Cents (9-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.