It was only a seller that BASLE won at Wolverhampton last time but this isn't much better. Aaron Jones' 5lb claim further helps his cause and the hat-trick beckons. Spartic was a disappointing favourite in terrible conditions here last week and should finish closer today while Cuthbert finally showed some improvement at this track last time as he looks to end a three year losing streak. Miakora and Amis Reunis have the past form to figure and looks best of the rest.
Basle 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on under pressure when hard pressed final 75 yards, won at Wolverhampton 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Marshall Art (9-4) by nk, 7 ran.
Amis Reunis 17-2 (9-5) Bumped start, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Kai (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Spartic 2-1fav (9-7) Towards rear early, 4th when in view 2f out, unable to see finish, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Baby Dottie (9-0) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Miakora 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 6, 5l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Pytheas (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders 3f out to over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 13, 11l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Cuthbert (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Tracked leader, edged right when challenging over 1f out, ran on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Bussa (9-3) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Back For Tea (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Welsh Inlet (9-2) at Kempton 7f Handicap (0-57) (4yo+) (6) pol.