Torran Sound has been hurdling this year so won't lack for fitness but he's 3lb higher than when winning this last year. Satwa Ballerina relished the heavy ground when scoring over a shorter trip here last time with Dunaskin behind but a repeat is not guaranteed on this faster surface, while Cotton Grass has claims on last season's best form but was tailed off on her reappearance. BILIDN scored at Wolverhampton last time and, given he's tumbled down the weights since he last raced on Turf, Noel Quinlan's charge gets the vote.
Cotton Grass 12-1 (8-8) Chased leader after 3f, pushed along and weakening when hamered over 3f out, eased final 2f, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Cloudy Spirit (9-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Six of Clubs 11-2 (9-9) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, closer order on outside over 5f out, went 3rd over 2f out, soon driven, weakened inside final 2f, lost poor 4th towards finish, 5th of 9, 12l behind Ministerofinterior (9-1) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Apr.
Bilidn 9-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led narrowly towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Den Maschine (9-9) by hd, 11 ran.
Torran Sound 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 5f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 6, 19l behind Astromagick (8-11) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Satwa Ballerina 14-1 (8-7) Slow into stride in touch in rear, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, eased near finish, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp (6) hvy beating Dunaskin (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Minstrel Lad 25-1 (8-6) Settled towards rear, headway when not clear run over 1f out, switched left to challenge approaching final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 6l behind Whodathought (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Icy Quiet 40-1 (9-8) Restless in stalls, took keen hold in mid-division, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, no chance after, 7th of 13, 17l behind Modernism (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Draco Boy 100-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, last of 12, 24l behind Sahara Kingdom (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct '09.
Dunaskin (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Started slowly, always behind, 10th of 12, 21l behind Sir Boss (10-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f Amateur Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Old Boy Ted 16-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 21l behind Rose Of Sarratt (9-6) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Nov.
Cragganmore Creek 50-1 (8-12) Started slowly, headway on outside to lead over 10f out, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened inside final 3f, 11th of 12, 29l behind Mayan Flight (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.