STETSON was having only his second start since April when runner-up at Lingfield earlier this month. With improvement expected, he gets the tentative vote in an open contest. The veteran Kames Park is still capable of winning in this company and had Holden Eagle behind when second over C&D earlier this month while Reaction has shown recent good progress over hurdles and could figure back on the level. Port Charlotte may get involved dropping down a grade and Day of Destiny is another to consider having run well at Nottingham on his debut for his new yard.
Souter Point (USA) 40-1 (9-7) Chased leader, led over 4f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Somemothersdohavem (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Kames Park (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Slowly away in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Cool Sky (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Day of Destiny (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) In touch in rear, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and ran on towards finish, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind St Moritz (8-10) at Nottingham 1m cond Stakes (3) sft in Nov.
Holden Eagle 6-1 (10-8) Led, headed 9f out, led again over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 9l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Reaction 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Silver Bullitt (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Sep.
Stetson 7-4fav (9-7) Held up, headway on outer 6f out, close up, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Honest Strike (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Port Charlotte 14-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, driven and stayed on towards finish, 5th of 12, 5l behind Stand Guard (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tram Express (FR) 16-1 (8-13) In touch, headway to go prominent after 4f, ridden to chase leader 3f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Six Of Clubs (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Dream Risk (FR) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Call Of Duty (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Scribe (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 11, 9l behind Knox Overstreet (9-7) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Neil's Pride 7-1 (8-8) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 8l behind Norfolk Sky (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
David's Folly (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, stayed on well closing stages, never able to challenge, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Bocamix (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.