Recent winners Shamahan and The Dark Wizard are both upped in class but Decision By One should make another bold bid on the back of a head defeat at Haydock. Zhiggy's Stardust recorded a double over course and distance before finding one too good at Lingfield but looks likely to be taken on for the lead by Saloomy today. The latter made all at Newmarket last month but this may well pan out in favour of TWENTY ONE CHOICE. He's done all his winning over 7f but a fast pace will bring his stamina into play so Ed De Giles charge gets the nod.
Saloomy 9-4 (9-8) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Mayaasem (9-6) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Twenty One Choice (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 1f out, stayed on but not pace of winner inside final furlong, kept on for 2nd, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Footstepsintherain (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Zhiggy's Stardust 5-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind If So (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug.
Compton 25-1 (8-13) Always in rear, last of 14, 26l behind Osteopathic Remedy (9-0) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Decision By One 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Diman Waters (9-1) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Shamahan 7-4fav (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Aug beating Dreams Of Glory (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
The Dark Wizard (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders towards far side, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, ridden out, won at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Shaolin (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Street Power (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride towards rear, some late headway, 6th of 10, 8l behind If So (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug.
Avonmore Star 3-1fav (9-5) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, not able to get on terms, 4th of 9, 2l behind The Happy Hammer (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.