A Group 3 winner in Brazil, Energia Eros has been allocated a mark of 112 on his debut for the Botti yard. Martin Harley rides but he can't make the weight on stablemate Halfsin, a winner at Kempton last month. A third Botti runner in Grendisar just failed to match Modernstone over track and trip a fortnight ago and that pair are closely matched, while Castilo Del Diablo had a few of these behind when runner-up at Kempton last month and can also figure. Uramazin and Media Hype are others not easily dismissed but a highly competitive handicap can go the way of TEOLAGI, lurking at the bottom of the handicap and expected to appreciate this longer trip.
Energia Eros (BRZ) (9-0) 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Gober (9-0) at Cidade Jardim(BRZ) 1m 4f Grp 1 gd in May.
Media Hype 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch and keen, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 9l behind Sharestan (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Sep.
Uramazin (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway on outside under pressure 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd close home, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Swing Alone (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) In touch in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 6l behind String Theory (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Kashmir Peak (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 12, hd behind Thomas Hobson (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Halfsin (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed 9f out, ridden to lead briefly approaching final 2f, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Shavansky 16-1 (9-0) Took keen hold in touch, kept on same pace final 2f, 8th of 12, 7l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led until ridden 2f out, chased winner, one pace over 1f out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Litigant (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Modernstone 4-1 (8-10) In touch in rear, wide into straight 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead post, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Dec beating Grendisar (8-8) by shd, 7 ran.
Grendisar (IRE) 11-4fav (8-8) In touch in rear, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, edged left and headed post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Modernstone (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Persepolis (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) In touch, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Karam Albaari (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Presburg (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Held up toward srear, hampered well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Teolagi (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind String Theory (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.