DECEMBER DRAW caught the eye over course and distance last time and is taken to go one better, while Ramona Chase is interesting in opposition and Officer In Command can go well. The selection goes well at this track, having scored here in a maiden over a mile, and then gone close when staying on late to claim second last month. He has gone up 2lbs for that, so his task is made no easier here, but he can hopefully prove good enough if put in the race a little earlier. Ramona Chase has put together a very competitive CV, though winning only one of 29 starts would hardly have us beating a path to the bookies' door. Even so, this is a bit of a drop in class compared to some of the turf races he has contested and he could show up very well. Officer In Command was a course and distance winner last time and races from just 3lbs higher now, so he can't be ruled out, but December Draw is preferred.
Hazzard County (USA) 14-1 (8-6) In rear, headway over 1f out, effort when short of room inside final furlong, not recover, 7th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Baylini (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Ramona Chase 6-1 (10-0) Held up, headway well over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Featherweight (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
December Draw (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Led, keen hold, headed after 2f, hard ridden to challenge 2f out, kept on, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Mister Green (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Basra (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 13, 6l behind Mister Green (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Officer In Command (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Tracked clear leader, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Rapid City (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Cupid's Glory 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway and switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Benedict Spirit (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.