Expose got his head in front at the post to score at Lingfield last month and steps up a grade for this, as does recent 6f winner Bapak Bangsawan. Blessington drops back in distance but a drop in the weights may be more to his advantage after coming up short once again at Lingfield. Pabusar has been running well without success and finished ahead of SULIS MINERVA when fourth over track and trip last time. That was the latter's first start since July and back on a winning mark, Jeremy Gask's mare gets a speculative vote to come good again in this.
Blessington (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd post, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Absolutely So (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Caspian Prince (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, edged left after start, prominent, led over 4f out until 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Burren View Lady (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Trader Jack 33-1 (8-7) Pressed leader, led 5f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 24l behind Alfred Hutchinson (8-9) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Dec.
Pabusar 7-2fav (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Tax Free (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, close up after 1f, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Tom Sawyer (8-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Always behind, last of 9, 9l behind Tax Free (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Sandfrankskipsgo 25-1 (9-0) Keen, raced wide, tracked leaders over 4f out, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 13l behind Absolutely So (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Expose 12-1 (9-0) Slowly away held up in rear, good headway between horses entering final furlong, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, quickened to lead post, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Drawnfromthepast (9-4) by shd, 9 ran.
Bapak Bangsawan 11-2 (9-6) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Burnhope (8-13) by 1l, 12 ran.