It's unlikely we've the seen the best of RUSSIAN REALM yet. He went very close to catching Tobacco Road in soft going at Sandown in September and it would be no surprise if he's good enough to land this less competitive affair on his reappearance. Myboyalfie carries a penalty for his recent win at Warwick but has plenty to find with the selection on a line through Tobacco Road. Sword Of The Lord ran well on his comeback at Leicester and handles soft ground, but Ishikawa would prefer a faster surface. Evident didn't stay a mile last year and Good Luck Charm has also proved best over 7f so far. Big Whiskey is not badly weighted on his earlier form in Ireland and a couple of outings in the all-weather should have put him spot on for this.
Myboyalfie (USA) 9-4fav (9-7) Raced keenly, held up in touch, pressed leader 4f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on, led narrowly near finish, won at Warwick 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Tenor (9-0) by nk, 6 ran.
Russian Realm 9-2 (9-0) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden and every chance, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Tobacco Road (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Sep.
Noble Gift 4-1fav (9-6) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 14, 13l behind Top Diktat (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Good Luck Charm 5-1 (9-12) Mid-division, lost place oveer 3f out, last of 7, 10l behind Modern Tutor (9-12) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Aug.
Big Whiskey (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded towards finish, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Sea Shanty (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Tatting 16-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 7, 10l behind Thatchmaster (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Secular Society 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leading trio, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden on outside one pace and no impression over 1f out, 4th of 5, 8l behind Spes Nostra (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Evident (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, ridden and no progress over 1f out, 9th of 11, 6l behind Apostle (9-7) at Kempton 7f (4) pol in Oct.
Sheila's Buddy 8-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Top Diktat (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
First Post (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In touch, headway 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Top Diktat (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sword of The Lord 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, smooth headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Memory Cloth (8-10) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
The Tichborne (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, beaten when edged left over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, last of 8, 14l behind Rebellious Guest (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Ishikawa (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, not much room over 3f out, switched right well over 1f out, went 2nd and edged left inside final furlong, kept on, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Skytrain (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.