HARLESTONE WOOD is clear at the weights and fancied to take advantage. He found Flat debutant Megastar too good when failing to land the odds over track and trip last time but finished a street clear of the rest of the field and can make amends. Elysian has plenty to find on today's terms and Minority Interest ran a shocker on his comeback after finishing runner-up at Wolverhampton in September. Torero will also need a big improvement to figure but the 75,000gns gelding Full Swing is worth a second glance on his belated racecourse debut.
Zafaraban (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Ifandbutwhynot (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Full Swing Manduro gelding out of Glorosia.
Harlestone Wood 4-5fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort on outside 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Megastar (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Minority Interest 11-4 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in rear, under pressure 3f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 16l behind Srinagar Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol.
Mister Bob (GER) 4-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon lost place, last of 10, 21l behind Dance The Rain (8-6) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jul '11.
Rahy's Promise (USA) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, behind, ridden 4f out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, 25l behind Guarda Pampa (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Torero 18-1 (8-9) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and not clear run from over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Choisan (9-2) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jun.
Elysian 11-4 (9-4) Slowly into stride, in touch in last place, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Tingo In The Tale (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Ice Tres 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, went 4th over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 11, 17l behind Biggins Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.