This is a very modest finale even though it features six previous course and distance winners. Volito isn't one of them and reserves his best for Brighton while Compton Prince has only managed one place in 10 previous tries on the all-weather. The shorter trip and a lengthy absence may count against Fleetwoodsands, though David Evans is still firing in the winners. JOHNNY SPLASH wasn't beaten far over track and trip off today's mark in the autumn. He gets a tentative vote to end his losing run today, though a wide draw isn't ideal. Catalina's Diamond may be best of the rest.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) In touch, weakened 2f out, 7th of 11, 4l behind Welsh Moonlight (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Compton Prince 9-2 (9-7) Slow into stride soon tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 5l behind Give Us A Belle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Proper Charlie 5-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 5l behind New Decade (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, hung badly right over 2f out, no chance after, 9th of 11, 9l behind Kuanyao (9-1) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Green Millionaire 33-1 (9-5) Raced wide held up, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 9l behind Welease Bwian (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Volito 7-1 (9-3) Switched left after start, held up in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway on outside and hung left over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Koharu (9-6) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Reginald Claude 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division, driven 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 12l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Imperial Spirit 25-1 (8-3) Behind, headway when hung left from well over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Sir Geoffrey (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Waterloo Dock 33-1 (9-1) Behind, ridden over 4f out, never dangerous, last of 12, 22l behind Mick Dundee (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to one paced 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Jonnie Skull (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Daneside (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, driven 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 11l behind Nubar Boy (9-2) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Off the pace towards rear on inside, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Compton Prince (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.