Shirazz stands out on account of her actually having won a race this year. But that was over a shorter trip at Wolverhampton and her previous attempts at today's distance leave plenty to be desired. MISTER FROSTY has had just the one outing since April last year and, given he was beaten only a head the last time he raced over track and trip, he gets the nod with a recent pipe-opener under his belt. Ponchio could make the frame but course and distance winner Bennelong remains out of form despite slipping down the weights.
Rhinestone Rebel (IRE) 80-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, lost place over 5f out, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, plugged on, 4th of 7, 24l behind Aalim (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Mister Frosty (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway approaching halfway, went 3rd 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Shirazz 7-1 (9-1) Held up behind, headway and wide entering straight, soon ridden, ran on well inside final furlong, led and going away final 50 yards, readily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov beating Appyjack (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
This Is Me 3-1fav (9-7) Soon pushed along towards rear, headway over 1f out, plugged on, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 11l behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 12-1 (8-6) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 6, 40l behind Bold Adventure (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Bennelong 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 25l behind Smokey Oakey (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Primacy (IRE) 22-1 (9-6) Keen in mid-division, headway over 4f out, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 29l behind Jawaab (9-3) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Kindia (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) With leader when carried badly right bend soon after start, in touch, hung right from over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Brave Decision (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Polydamos 25-1 (8-10) Plunged leaving stalls, behind, headway headway on inside 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 7th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Cape Crossing (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Day In Day Out 33-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 12l behind Havelovewilltravel (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Poncho 50-1 (8-10) Mid-division, lost place over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 20l behind Honoured (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Hartlebury 14-1 (8-7) With leader when carried badly right bend soon after start, in rear, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 12l behind Brave Decision (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Birdie King 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Skidby Mill (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Xclusive 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 8l behind Frosty Friday (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov.