Barney McGrew was a Group 3 winner in 2010 but not up to that level nowadays, though largely consistent all the same. Suited by strong pace when dropped back to 5f latest, but others more persuasive for win purposes.
Pavershooz was last seen when eighth of 9 at Haydock in September 2011 (reported to have bled that day). Best watched on belated return in tongue tie given such concerns.
Lost In Paris was gambled on and got back to winning ways off reduced mark at Catterick (5f) last month, digging deep under pressure. Form generally up and down, and this tougher off 2 lb higher mark.
Haajes finished in the frame 4 starts prior to beaten seventh of 13 at Ripon (5f) last time, blinkered. Back down to last winning mark here, however, and frame claims again if in the mood.
Beauty Pageant ended 2011 on the up, her 5f Ripon handicap victory representing a career best. Yet to fire so far this term, but yard going much better in recent weeks and one to consider back on faster ground.
Defence Council is on a long losing run and very inconsistent this year, better run following 3 lesser efforts when fifth at Ripon a fortnight ago (had Haajes behind). Remains opposable for the win.
Bronze Beau is a front runner who was only caught close home twice earlier this term. However, not at best last 4 starts nor a battler, and losing run starting to mount up.
Eland Ally was a ready winner of 5f Doncaster maiden last summer. Better than result on return at Redcar, though failed to deliver at York (6f) latest. Drop down to 5f will suit, but bit to prove currently.
Dispol Grand was back in business at Nottingham in April, and produced a career best to win readily there when last seen in May. Has 9 lb rise to overcome on return here, but should go well nevertheless.
Whozthecat was down in weights and got back to form when third here (6f) earlier in the month. Went off too hard latest, and on a good mark now, but winless streak does extend back to November 2010. Blinkers on.
Mandalay King was seen to maximum effect when scoring at Ripon in April, and generally more miss than hit this term, following poor Carlisle effort in June with even worse one at York last month. Others more solid.
Fear Nothing snapped long losing run when landing hat-trick of 5f wins in July. Another rise in the weights prevented the 4-timer at Beverley latest but still ran respectably, and visor applied now.
Waking Warrior has not won since juvenile days, though given chance by handicapper and has put up a couple of creditable efforts when runner-up last 3 starts, including over C&D. Respected.
Indian Trail is a hold-up veteran who blows hot and cold these days, below form over 6f/5f last twice. Expensive to follow over the years, and opposable on balance again here.
Kyzer Chief made all to win Catterick handicap last spring and repeated trick in claimer wearing first-time hood last month. Denied run attempting follow up on Friday, but mark high enough and hood now off.
1. Beauty Pageant
2. Dispol Grand
3. Waking Warrior
Timeform Verdict: With her stable having turned a corner in recent weeks it may be worth chancing that Beauty Parlour can follow suit and take advantage of a reduced mark. Dispol Grand and Waking Warrior are others to consider.