Winning hurdler, Smalib Monterg made a decent debut on the Flat at Wolverhampton and is preferred to dual bumper winner Reach The Beach. Guardi and Notabadgirl may improve on what they've shown to date but will need to if they're to trouble KHUDOUA. The latter has the best form on show and a repeat of his recent comeback second to Gabrial's Wawa at Wolverhampton will be good enough for John Gosden's charge to land this. The remainder will do well to get involved.
Ernie 9-1 (11-0) Led, headed over 3f out, chased leader until weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 19l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Guardi (IRE) 11-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 13l behind Yazdi (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May.
Mr Opulence 80-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 9th of 15, 11l behind Ellaal (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct '11.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 7-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, one pace and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Fulgora (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Notabadgirl 66-1 (8-12) Chased clear leaders, headway over 2f out, soon chasing winner, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Guarda Pampa (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Parsons Green 100-1 (9-9) Headway to lead 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakening whan hampered on rails over 1f out, 8th of 9, 24l behind Spillway (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Reach The Beach 9-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, chased leader until 10f out, chased leaders until ridden 4f out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 9th of 13, 46l behind Molly's A Diva (11-4) at Sandown 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) hvy in Mar.
Khudoua 4-5fav (9-7) Led, ridden and edged right over 2f out, headed final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Gabrial's Wawa (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Sizzler 10-3 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 10th of 14, 27l behind Mister Impatience (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.