Ryan Clark continues to impress in the saddle and he might just be able to guide GLOBAL VILLAGE to victory. Michael Blake is doing well at present and his gelding is forgiven his first run back from a break at Kempton as he reportedly lost a shoe. As a result it remains to be seen if he is up to scoring off this rating of 81 but as a winner of five of his eight starts on the surface he's worth another chance. Duster ran well at Newmarket a month ago and should go close if as predicted he's given a positive ride from a low draw. He's considered the biggest threat ahead of Saharia who is actually poorly housed for one likely to be held up. There's a doubt about the drop in trip for Faithful Ruler whereas Den's Gift does look to have his conditions and he's fairly treated on his form in the spring.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Towards rear, effort over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Hajoum (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Den's Gift (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Quick Wit (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
King's Colour 9-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, headway on inside when not clear run over 1f out and switched right, kept on inside final furlong, no danger, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Malcheek (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol.
Santefisio 8-1 (8-11) Held up, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 3l behind Quick Wit (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Global Village (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up mid-division on inside, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Nazreef (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Duster 16-1 (8-13) Led, headed 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 19, hd behind Clumber Place (8-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Humungous (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always behind, 13th of 16, 17l behind South Cape (9-7) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Saharia (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway from 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, held by front pair towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Saint Pierre (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 12-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind The Fifth Member (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Oct.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 40-1 (9-10) Mid-division, took keen hold, not much room over 3f out and lost place, effort over 2f out, soon edged left and no impression, 8th of 18, 8l behind Bourne (9-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Final Verse 14-1 (9-10) Towards rear and keen, with leader after 2f, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 14, well behind Spring Secret (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 7l behind Cara's Request (9-7) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.