This looks an open affair with the likes of Rasselas, Zip Lock, Young Dottie and Chilli Green all capable of getting involved on their best form. Alhaban has arguably the best piece of recent form when not beaten far in a Listed event over C&D last month, but he has a poor draw for one who likes to race prominently. JAKE THE SNAKE is also badly drawn but it should be less of an imposition for him as has to be held up. Tony Carroll's charge has won six times at this track and was beaten only a nose over 7f last time - he can compensate for that unlucky defeat here.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Held up in 6th, steady headway on outside from 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, strong challenge and upsides when winner edged left tried to bite and intimidated last stride, just failed, 2nd of 7, ns behind Caprio (9-7) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Alhaban (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leading trio, chased winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Bravo Echo (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Rasselas (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Behind, outpaced 3f out, never near leaders, 8th of 10, 16l behind Reve De Nuit (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Jordaura 9-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, soon eased, 7th of 10, 8l behind Green Destiny (8-8) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Big Bay (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon chased leading pair, challenged on inside 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not pace of leading duo inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Zebrano (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
McConnell (USA) 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Alpha Tauri (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Young Dottie 13-2 (9-6) Pulled hard in rear, under pressure over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Final Drive (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Zip Lock (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, eased, 10th of 13, 10l behind Viking Spirit (9-2) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Chilli Green 11-8fav (8-11) Tracked leading pair, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon hard pressed, headed final 50 yards, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Hazzard County (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Khanivorous 12-1 (9-0) Mostly tracked leader, closed over 3f out, soon ridden, no impression over 1f out, 4th of 6, 5l behind Norman Orpen (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Global Village (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, effort on wide outside over 3f out, wide straight, soon beaten, last of 8, 13l behind Zebrano (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tewin Wood 5-1 (8-8) Made all, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec beating Abriachan (8-11) by 2l, 9 ran.
Negotiation (IRE) 7-4 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with leading pair approaching final furlong, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Lord Lansing (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.