This looks wide-open with only a speculative vote going to TICK TOCH. She never troubled the winner when third over track and trip but should improve now handicapping. The latter comment also applies to Don’t Look Back while Uss Nimitz steps up in trip after a better effort at Newcastle on his handicap debut. Dream Chaser has been raised 5lb after going close here and Shady Mcgee has been beaten since defeating The Nail Gunner by a short-head here last month. Cuban Cigar is another with a shout on a recent second at Chelmsford.
Uss Nimitz (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway stands side 2f out, hung left over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Round Six (9-7) at Newcastle 7f (4) pol in Oct.
Tick Toch 18-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, viewing restricted, held in third 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 5 3/4l behind Wirko (9-5) at Kempton 1m stks (5) pol in Nov.
Dream Chaser (FR) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly away, soon recovered to race in midfield, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, narrowly led inside final furlong, headed inside final 110 yards, 2nd of 14, nk behind Arcadian Nights (9-6) at Kempton 1m (6) pol in Oct.
Don’t Look Back 4-1 (9-4) Keen close up, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Desert Empire (9-0) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Hafez (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Went right start, tracked leader after 1f, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, no extra, 4th of 8, 3l behind Final Thought (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (5) pol in Sep.
Shady Mcgee (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind No Recollection (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (4) pol in Oct.
Miss Fernanda (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 17 1/4l behind First Lott (9-5) at Leicester 6f fll (5) gf in Sep.
Cuban Cigar 8-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, every chance 1f out, kept on inside final furlong but outpaced by winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Spirit Of Rowdown (8-10) at Chelmsford City 1m (6) pol in Nov.
Sky Blue Thinking 17-2 (9-6) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, last of 11, dist behind Yorkshire Lady (8-11) at Leicester 7f (5) hvy in Oct.
Marsabit (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) In rear, never dangerous, 12th of 14, 7l behind Sir Maxi (9-5) at Lingfield 7f (5) pol in Oct.
Headshot 33-1 (9-8) In touch on outside, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 10 3/4l behind Kings Prince (9-2) at Haydock 1m stks (4) hvy in Oct.
Durabella (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, disputing 3rd 2f out, headway when denied clear run 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 5 3/4l behind Spirit Of Rowdown (8-10) at Chelmsford City 1m (6) pol in Nov.
The Nail Gunner (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 2f out, ran on strongly final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 13, shd behind Shady Mcgee (9-5) at Kempton 1m (6) pol in Oct.
Thapa VC (IRE) 18-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway when switched right over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 12, 7 1/2l behind Prince Of Abington (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (5) pol in Nov.