Pleasure Bent remains 8lb higher than when scoring at Newbury on his return to action while September's Newcastle winner Llanarmon Lad goes handicapping for the first time on his reappearance. Memory Cloth was unpenalised for an earlier win when scoring at Leicester last time but is upped 7lb for this while Emulating's recent victory at Kempton came over 1m4f. Today's longer trip is worry for Karaka Jack but not for SAN CASSIANO, who finished a close-up fourth at Ripon last week and looks set for a return to winning ways.
Llanarmon Lad (IRE) 4-7fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep beating Abbotsfield (9-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Pleasure Bent 5-6fav (9-4) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway and hung right over 2f out, went 2nd and every chance well over 1f out, keeping on same pace and held when not much room inside final furlong, went 4th final strides, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Cayuga (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Argaki (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 21l behind Hi There (8-13) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Sep.
Cloud Monkey (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Always behind, 17th of 20, 14l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Deepsand (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, headway to challenge 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on, held final 50 yards, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Educate (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Oct '12.
St Moritz (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 10th of 20, 8l behind Running Deer (8-8) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Soul Intent (IRE) 7-2 (8-5) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on over 1f out, ran on final furlong, 4th of 7, 1/2l behind Karam Albaari (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Memory Cloth 3-1 (8-10) In touch on outside, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs beating Sword of The Lord (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
San Cassiano (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Led until ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, slightly outpaced over 1f out, kept on again under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Wall Of Sound (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Karaka Jack 5-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Eutropius (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Syncopate 8-1 (8-11) In touch, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Red Runaway (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Emulating (IRE) 11-8fav (9-6) Chased leaders, took closer order over 2f out, led over 1f out, driven clear, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Honourable Knight (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Doldrums (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Civil War (8-12) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Gioia Di Vita 18-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Forced Family Fun (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Aldwick Bay (IRE) 17-2 (10-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 7l behind Fujin Dancer (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Arlecchino (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, not clear run over 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to get on terms, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Ifan (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Gabrial The Thug (FR) 7-2 (9-2) Dwelt in touch, ridden and lost place 5f out, outpaced over 3f out, eased over 2f out, detached, last of 7, well behind Lacey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.