CHUNGHUA gets the vote, Ed Walker's colt having made a bid bid when runner-up on his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton finishing some six lengths ahead of the rest. Rose Buck looks thoroughly exposed but Role Reversal is a half-sister to a winner on the all-weather and any strong support for this newcomer could prove significant.
Island Express (IRE) 50-1 (8-6) Soon outpaced in mid-division, headway under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 44l behind Ivy Port (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Sweet Piccolo 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 18l behind Mystical Sapphire (8-12) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov '12.
Bretherton 8-13fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Ex Ex (9-13) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Chunghua (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, smooth headway on outside entering straight, led narrowly over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on until headed and no extra final 75 yards, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Queenie's Home (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Role Reversal Shamardal filly out of Miss Hepburn.
Rose Buck 33-1 (9-3) Prominent, went 2nd over 4f out, led inside final 3f, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, soon lost 2nd, kept on same pace and just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Basil Berry (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.