Jacob Butterfield's allowance could make the difference in this. He takes over the reins on DUBAI CELEBRATION and negates most of a 6lb rise the latter received for scoring over track and trip last week. Poppy Bond has been raised the same amount after winning for the second time at this track in her last three starts. She looks sure to be in the mix, though Marina Ballerina has a bit to find with the selection and is harder to fancy. Kheskianto won a lowly handicap at Beverley in September but this is much tougher.
Dubai Celebration 6-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Marina Ballerina (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Poppy Bond 7-4fav (9-4) Raced keenly, led after 1f, made rest, ridden and hard pressed when edged right over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol beating Galilee Chapel (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mosman 33-1 (9-4) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 5l behind Sonnetation (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Elizabeth Coffee (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Poppy Bond (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Marina Ballerina 66-1 (8-7) Behind, headway and wide entering straight, ridden and hung left 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finissh, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Dubai Celebration (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Let Me In (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kheskianto (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, ran on well, won at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep beating Nezami (10-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
First Glance 20-1 (9-0) Keen, raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 14l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Flying Applause 25-1 (8-11) Led 5f, weakened over 4f out, 12th of 13, 28l behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs.
Tukitinyasok (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 11, 4l behind Pim Street (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Gifted Heir (IRE) 100-1 (9-1) Held up, always behind, 10th of 13, 18l behind Shirazz (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Legal Pursuit 50-1 (8-4) In touch and keen, lost place 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 30l behind Rezwaan (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Zed Candy Girl 33-1 (8-12) Towards rear, outpaced when hampered inside final 2f, never able to challenge, 9th of 12, 9l behind Poppy Bond (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.