Rock of Ages finished second at Southwell in between a couple of woeful efforts on faster ground and may get involved. The veteran Father Shine has a shout if reproducing his latest third over today's trip at Catterick and Royal Defence is back on soft going for the first time since finishing runner-up on the Turf at Lingfield early in the year. TICOZ is a winner in Germany and has recently joined Marco Botti. He may well be up to making a winning start for his new yard in this modest company and gets the nod.
Rock of Ages 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, headway to lead over 12f out, ridden 6f out, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 30l behind Bramshill Lass (9-6) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Joe The Coat 17-2 (9-6) Slowly away headway on outer after 2f, tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, struggling from 3f out, 3rd of 9, 32l behind Sherman McCoy (9-1) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) hvy.
Ghufa (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Absolutely Me (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Goodlukin Lucy 28-1 (8-0) In rear, never near leaders, 11th of 13, 11l behind Bayan Kasirga (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp (3) gf.
Reach The Beach 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, every chance over 2f out, no extra closing stages, 5th of 11, 8l behind Arch Event (8-4) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Aug.
Father Shine (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Went right start tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Funky Munky (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Soweto Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, took keen hold, led over 6f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Katie Gale (8-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Royal Defence (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Led until halfway, chased winner until over 2f out, chased leaders and kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 14l behind Panettone (9-9) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Ticoz (USA) (8-5) 3rd of 10 Well's Wonder (8-9) at Dusseldorf(GER) 1m 3f hcp gd in Apr.
Ice Apple 20-1 (8-3) Held up in mid-divisionn, headway over 6f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Bramshill Lass (9-6) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Willow Island (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) In touch, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 16, 11l behind Impertinent (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol.
Omega Omega 20-1 (9-0) Chased leading trio, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Petersboden (9-1) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) fm in Sep.
Nowdoro 20-1 (8-5) Reminder soon after start, mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 14, 19l behind Sweet Liberta (8-11) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.