WATERLOO DOCK went close in similar company on a couple of occasions last month and it could be his turn today. Mick Quinn's charge is preferred to Comadoir, who ran well over 7f here in December and should be thereabouts again in this. Johnny Splash has been holding his form well over the minimum trip and Imjin River has been in better form at Wolverhampton recently but Pharoh Jake looks to be in the handicapper's grip now after winning three times in December. Diamond Vine has tumbled down the weights but has yet to show any improvement for it.
Powerful Pierre 9-2 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, staying on when not much room inside final furlong, not recover and soon eased, 8th of 10, 6l behind George Fenton (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 3l behind Speak The Truth (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ziefhd 50-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 12l behind Captain Kendall (9-5) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Comadoir (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Led, driven clear over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Waterloo Dock 16-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, soon pressed, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Valdaw (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Ice Trooper 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 8l behind Holy Angel (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Gemara (USA) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inner, took keen hold, no extra in straight, 11th of 14, 13l behind Master Melody (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-75 pol in Dec '11.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Secret Millionaire (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Pharoh Jake 14-1 (8-9) Switched right start, held up in rear, ridden and no response over 2f out, virtually pulled up over 1f out, last of 10, 21l behind Lucky Mark (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Sweet Ovation 11-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 6l behind Methaaly (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Imjin River (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, switched left start, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Bailadeira (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Yungaburra (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 5l behind Bailadeira (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.