Hollins won this easily a year ago and though 7lb higher and unsuccessful over hurdles during the winter he should go well again. Hawridge Star is a real mudlark and would have been the selection on softer ground after his success at Newmarket. Descaro stays extreme distances while Simonside scored over 2m here in September and is just 2lb higher. Warne's Way reverted to the Flat with an easy success on very fast ground at Newbury under Kieren Fallon and Blackmore is very closely matched with Descaro on their recent 1-2 over 2m2f at Pontefract. DANCING DUDE won a maiden over 1m4f at Newcastle a year ago but didn't really come into his own until sent over hurdles last month. Victories at Uttoxeter and Towcester showed him to be much improved and he can continue his progress by taking this.
Nemo Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Led, driven clear over 4f out, headed over 3f out, gradually weakened, 7th of 13, 11l behind Warne's Way (8-13) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Hollins 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in main group, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 30l behind Maxim Gorky (8-3) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Aug.
Boston Blue 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, never a factor, 12th of 14, 38l behind High Office (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Hawridge Star (IRE) 10-3 (8-10) Held up behind, driven and headeway 3f out, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Oct beating Saborido (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Descaro (USA) 13-8fav (9-10) Held up mid-division, headway 9f out, went 4th over 5f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, challenged and switched right over 1f out, no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Spruzzo (8-7) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Simonside 7-2 (9-4) Raced wide, held up, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 6, 25l behind Calculating (8-11) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Blazing Desert 8-1 (8-11) Behind, driven over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 6l behind Topolski (9-8) at Chester 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Warne's Way (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, soon hard driven, clear approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr beating Zakatal (9-12) by 3l, 13 ran.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, some headway 4f out, ridden 3f out, soon struggling, 6th of 7, 12l behind Old Hundred (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Blackmore 3-1fav (9-12) Mid-division, effort on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Descaro (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Dancing Dude (IRE) 6-1 (8-3) Never travelling in rear, pushed along 8f out, no chance when wandered under pressure over 2f out, 7th of 8, 11l behind Colloquial (10-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Rosewin (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Held up in 5th, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 7, 12l behind Old Hundred (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Lady Bluesky 7-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway well over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on well, won at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct beating Bollin Judith (9-2) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Counting House (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along 4f out, soon struggling, 12th of 13, 14l behind Mixing (8-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Sep '08.
Dark Ranger 12-1 (8-10) Steadied start, held up last, niggled along over 7f out, ridden and struggling 3f out, never a factor, 5th of 8, 9l behind Understory (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Night Orbit 16-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 5f out, chased winner over 2f out, kept on and always held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Spruzzo (8-7) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Blackstone Vegas 13-2 (8-10) Behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furong, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Seaside Sizzler (9-5) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Why So Serious 50-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on outside 7f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 11l behind Laverre (9-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.