PERCYTHEPINTO has yet to tackle today's longer trip but the manner of his win over a mile here in November suggests he'll last home and George Baker's charge gets the nod. The Noble Ord has slipped down the weights and finished closer in a claimer at Kempton last time but is another unproven over today's distance along with South Cape. King's Road went close over hurdles a fortnight ago and may figure while Pose looks best of the remainder.
Percythepinto (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, no impression when hung right from 2f out, 8th of 12, 9l behind Mr Knightley (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
South Cape 13-2 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, stayed on same pace, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 12, 5l behind Shamo Hill Theatre (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
The Noble Ord 6-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final stride, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Mr Knightley (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
King's Road 11-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 9f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, not able to get back on terms, 7th of 12, 5l behind Schmooze (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Temuco (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Dwelt, always towards rear, 10th of 11, 13l behind Storm Runner (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Outpaced in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, never nearer, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Bussa (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Pose (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Brown Pete (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Young Jackie 16-1 (9-9) Slow into stride keen always towards rear, 10th of 13, 18l behind Roughlyn (9-6) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Litmus (USA) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place well over 2f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Brown Pete (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Rainbow Riches (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Prominent, outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Clubland (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Flying Kitty 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind, never a factor, 9th of 12, 8l behind Jackie Love (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Ececheira 40-1 (8-2) Always behind, 12th of 14, 19l behind Norfolk Sky (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Skyblue 50-1 (8-0) Slowly away, always behind, 6th of 12, 25l behind Panettone (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.