KARAM ALBAARI ended a long losing run when landing a Class 3 contest here last month. He looks set to make the most of a still decent mark and go in again. Rakaan is hard to catch right but scored in similar company over track and trip before running well again over the mile trip here. Cayuga won over a shorter distance at Kempton in October and Modernism isn't out of this as he drops back down in class. Miguel Grau and Syncopate arrive in good form but will need to dig a bit deeper off their current marks to come out best.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec beating Swing Alone (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Rakaan (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Always behind, 10th of 12, 9l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Cayuga 33-1 (8-8) Raced centre until merged with stands' side group 5f out, always in rear, last of 16, 34l behind Haaf A Sixpence (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov.
Franco Is My Name 33-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 8th of 12, 5l behind Shavansky (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Modernism 12-1 (8-3) Tracked winner after 2f, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Maria's Choice (IRE) 5-1fav (9-3) Towards rear, headway on inner over over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 9l behind Tatting (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Dec.
Miguel Grau (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 4f out, went 3rd 3f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead and edged right over 1f out, hung right inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Lady Lunchalot (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Syncopate 5-1 (8-9) Short of room leaving stalls, towards rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, nearest finish, in a race won by Rakaan (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec, 9 ran.
Munsarim (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Steadied in rear, switched right to wide outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, nk behind Fleckerl (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.