Birdie Queen finished well ahead of Torres Del Paine when runner-up at Lingfield last time and should make another bold bid off the same mark. But MINIMEE also remains on the same handicap rating as when second at Wolverhampton last week and given that looked a more competitive race than this, Phil McEntee's charge gets the nod. Welsh Inlet and Tijuca are both capable of making the frame while Surrey Dream finished third over track and trip a week ago with Custom House back in sixth.
Birdie Queen 6-1 (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden and effort when edged right over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, always held, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Mick Dundee (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Torres Del Paine 7-1 (9-5) Behind, driven over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 7l behind Mick Dundee (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Minimee 11-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, effort on inside 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Dance For Georgie (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Welsh Inlet (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden on outside 2f out, no progress, 9th of 14, 8l behind One Last Dream (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Ryan Style (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Fly leapt and almost unseated rider leaving stalls, behind, ridden inside final 2f, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 5l behind Ivor's Princess (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Tijuca (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 28l behind Mataajir (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Pour La Victoire (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Held up in touch, outpaced 3f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 18l behind Tracks Of My Tears (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Oct.
Strategic Action (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened 2f out, last of 12, 21l behind George Benjamin (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Buaiteoir (FR) 20-1 (9-2) Led, headed 6f out, tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 28l behind The Ginger Berry (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Custom House (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Mill I Am (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Surrey Dream (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Mill I Am (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Frosted Off 16-1 (8-12) In rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 20l behind George Benjamin (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Direct Trade 20-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not much room soon after start, headway when not clear run over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 7l behind Interchoice Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.