Otto The First showed some improvement for his return to the all-weather in November and could be thereabouts but another chance goes to HOLDING FAST. He's gone close the last twice with his second at Lingfield last week the best recent form on offer and he could well go one better in this. Frans Hals never looked like catching the winner when third over 7f last time and neither did Black Truffle when he occupied the same finishing position at Lingfield three weeks ago. Chelsea Grey may prove best of the rest.
Otto The First 40-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Marmot Bay (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Holding Fast (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Held up behind in touch, tracked leaders over 2f out, went 3rd and ridden over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, took 2nd post, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Black Dave (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Frans Hals 7-1 (8-11) Raced keenly tracking leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Maypole Joe (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Woodland Fleur 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division on inside, outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 12l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Cromwell Rose (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led early, chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, no extra and lost place inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 7l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Black Truffle (FR) 8-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Sweet Force (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Persian Marvel (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Slowly into stride, mid-division on outside, outpaced 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Sally Bruce 20-1 (8-7) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon lost place, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 9l behind Byroness (8-7) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Chelsea Grey (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Prominent, every chance 2f out, soon hard ridden hung left entering final furlong, no extra closing sta,ges, 5th of 9, 4l behind Maypole Joe (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Actonetaketwo 100-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, hung right from halfway, gradually weakened, 6th of 7, 8l behind Tanghan (8-12) at Lingfield 5f mdn stks (5) pol.