Another interesting handicap where the vote goes to the unexposed AKINOSHIRABE. Kieren Fallon has already partnered this Shamardal filly to her maiden success at Newcastle in May, and she ran with credit when unlucky-in-running at Newbury when last seen in June, on what was her handicap debut. A strong pace would probably suit and she can come good. Lyric Poet comes here in good heart and with winning form at the trip and should be very competitive, while Sharedah is respected on this first public try on the surface. If you can forgive Tenesee a big flop last time then this course and distance scorer would have to have claims from this 5lb higher mark.
Sharedah (IRE) 7-2fav (8-11) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Taqleed (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Agent Archie (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Behind, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Ahlawy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Akinoshirabe (JPN) 4-1 (9-2) Reluctant to load stalls, close up disputing 4th, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, rallied and staying on when not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, not hard ridden, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Sea Of Heartbreak (9-7) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Tenessee 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, hung right on bend and reminders over 4f out, weakened 4f out, last of 11, 33l behind Oriental Cat (9-8) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Lyric Poet (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Piano (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Elmfield Giant (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Snow Magic (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Syrian 20-1 (9-5) Started very slowly, always in rear, 16th of 18, 50l behind Tres Coronas (9-7) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Chain Of Events 25-1 (8-12) Chased leader after 1f, ridden 3f out, driven and every chance over 1f out, weakened rapidly inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 8l behind Ellemujie (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.