PRINCE OF BURMA has failed to take advantage despite returning to a winning mark in handicaps and is dropped in class for this. Clear on official ratings, Jeremy Gask's charge is the one to beat. Alhaban looks next best even though he has 12lb to find with the selection at the weights, as he finished well ahead of Abhaath when third at Kempton last month. An apprentice's claim helps the cause of Mister Green on his first start since July and he's preferred to Simpson Millar and The Noble Ord, who both look up against it on today's terms.
Abhaath (USA) 9-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, driven to lead well over 1f out, headed just inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Classic Colori (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Alhaban (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Yourinthewill (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Mister Green (FR) 125-1 (9-3) Steadied in rear, weakened well over 2f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Libranno (9-3) at Newmarket 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Prince Of Burma (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led early, prssed leader, led again 6f out, hung badly left on bend over 4f out, headed 4f out, chased winner until hung badly left again on bend over 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 20l behind Loyalty (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Simpson Millar 33-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, tailed off over 2f out, 16th of 17, well behind Prince James (8-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Nov.
The Noble Ord 4-1 (9-2) Soon pushed along to chase leaders on outside, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, 5th of 9, 2l behind Blue Noodles (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.