Talenti's last three wins have come in claiming company and he is probably worth opposing upped in grade in this, while the merit of Treacle Tart's Wolverhampton win is open to debate. Pertuis has to be considered, however, after getting off the mark at the 18th attempt on his UK debut at Lingfield. This extra furlong won't be a problem to Harry Dunlop's French import but the grey looks close enough in the weights to URBAN SPACE, who had form in better company on turf in the summer and looked to be on the way back at Wolverhampton last week.
Encircled 9-1 (9-7) Held up in 6th, effort 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Herostatus (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Urban Space 18-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind West End Lad (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Sagredo (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Held up behind, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 13, 29l behind Alazan (9-6) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Talenti (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to close over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Scary Movie (9-9) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Pertuis (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) In touch, headway to lead and edged left 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Fashionable Gal (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Treacle Tart 9-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leder over 3f out, edged left and led 1f out, soon ridden clear, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Chincoteague (9-3) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Green Wadi 5-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division on inner, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, weakened towards finish, 5th of 12, 5l behind All The Winds (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Rare Malt (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Refused to race, in a race won by King Zeal (9-9) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep, 13 ran.
Archie Rice (USA) 6-1 (9-2) Dwelt in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 5th of 6, 7l behind Country Road (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Pittodrie Star (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) In rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 14, 8l behind Zebrano (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Watchmaker 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear on inside, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Lady Lam (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.