GAILY NOBLE is the form horse in the finale and taken to land it at the expense of Splendorinthegrass and The Witch Doctor. The selection has won two of his last four races and is now another five pounds higher in the weights as a consequence. He still looks like a horse on the up grade and with more to come he is difficult to oppose. Top weight Spendorinthegrass was outclassed at York on his final start of last season but he had previously shown a decent level of ability. He will be more at home in this field and any market support should be noted. The Witch Doctor won a competitive handicap at Newbury last autumn but now looks within the grasp of the handicapper and for that reason he is worth
Splendorinthegrass (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased from over 1f out, last of 20, 40l behind Light From Mars (8-13) at York 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Gaily Noble (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Raced wide in touch, progress to chase leader over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) pol in Mar beating Prince Of Thebes (8-9) by nk, 11 ran.
Wigram's Turn (USA) 12-1 (9-3) In rear, kept on, never nearer, 6th of 10, 5l behind Bravo Echo (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (2) pol in Mar.
Orchard Supreme 8-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, no progress over 2f out, 11th of 13, 9l behind Tudor Key (9-3) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
The Which Doctor 20-1 (9-2) Behind until driven, kept on final 2f, never nearer, 5th of 12, 10l behind Rainbow Peak (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Pegasus Again (USA) 9-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, lost place well over 1f out, 11th of 13, 7l behind Spirit Of Sharjah (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-90) (3) pol.
Moynahan (USA) 8-1 (9-8) Raced far side, tracked leader until over 2f out, 16th of 19, 31l behind Irish Heartbeat (9-8) at Doncaster 1m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Grand Vizier (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, some headway final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 13, 5l behind Audemar (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jan.
Samarinda (USA) 8-1 (9-1) In touch, progress to track leaders over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Cashpoint (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Shaws Diamond (USA) 16-1 (8-5) Held up in last pair, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, never dangerous, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Dubai Dynamo (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.