Fanoos won in soft ground at Redcar when last seen on a racecourse but will likely be a short enough price on her first start since October. SHAOLIN makes more appeal as he went close over a mile off today's mark last time having beaten Fab Lolly over track and trip before that. The latter is slightly better off on today's terms but not as well drawn as the selection. Diplomatic has been running consistently well over 8f in this grade but Shaunas Spirit appears to have gone off the boil after landing a double at the end of last year. Khajaaly is another to consider with an apprentice's 7lb claim in his favour.
Diplomatic (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) In rear, effort over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Dixie's Dream (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Shaolin (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leading pair, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Club House (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Fanoos 4-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, steady headway halfway, challenged 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct beating Red Cobra (8-7) by 3l, 12 ran.
Emperor Julius (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 7l behind Firmdecisions (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Shaunas Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold and led after 1f, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leaders, weakened quickly final furlong, 10th of 11, 13l behind Just One Kiss (9-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Al Raqeeb (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 9l behind Firmdecisions (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Burnhope 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Ex Ex (9-7) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fab Lolly (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led entering final furlong, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 14, nk behind Shaolin (9-6) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Alnoomaas (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) Awkward leaving stalls, held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to 3rd final 125 yards, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Roy's Legacy (8-11) at Lingfield 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Khajaaly (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Held up in touch, went 2nd over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Caramack (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
First Class 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 7th of 13, 4l behind Kakapuka (9-3) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Ghostwing 12-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 7l behind Ex Ex (9-7) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.