CORRIOLANUS is not exactly a confident choice here given that he has clearly had problems, but nonetheless it is hoped that he is good enough on his second try in this grade, while Sabre Light and Gasat are of interest. The selection would walk this on some of his old form, but in recent times he has not been easy to train and he was comfortably beaten on his reappearance after a 14 month absence last time. At his age he may well just have needed that run, and dropped back to a trip that he has won over on more than one occasion we will take him to come good again. Sabre Light has won four of his last six claimers, two of which were over this trip. He was unlucky last time when beaten and is a serious threat again today in a first-time visor. Gasat is hard to assess, having seen him disappoint on his British debut at Wolverhampton in October. He had prevously been profilic in his native Italy and is not one to write off after just one poor run. Chef De Camp has plenty to prove and the other pair have plenty to do at the weights. Corriolanus is a tentative pick.
Chef de Camp (FR) (10-10) Held up, 8th 2f out, never a factor, 11th of 13, well behind Frenchtine (10-3) at Nort-Sur-erdre 2m amt stk gs in Jun.
Sabre Light 7-2 (9-5) Held up in last place, not clear run from 2f out, ran on final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 13, 6l behind Rapid City (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol in Dec.
Royal Straight 12-1 (9-3) In touch, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Sabre Light (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol in Dec.
Corriolanus (GER) 9-2 (9-0) In touch, raced keenly, not clear run from over 3f out until well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Heathyards Pride (9-2) at W'hampton 1m 4f clm (6) pol in Dec.
Gasat (IRE) 2-1jt-fav (9-3) Raced keenly, led at steady pace, headed over 3f out, weakened quickly, tailed off, 10th of 11, 49l behind Apache Fort (9-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f app clm (6) pol in Oct.
Tenement (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, not quicken, outpaced over 1f out, 5th of 6, 3l behind Slip (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol.