The top three are clear on official figures, but recent Polytrack winner Uphold is overlooked as he's yet to race on Fibresand and beat lower rated horses at Wolverhampton last time. Dontpaytheferryman was in terrific form here early in the year and will appreciate the return to the Flat after a spell over jumps, but LA ESTRELLA makes most appeal. A nine-time course winner, Don Cantillon's charge has been racing on the turf since May, but his form at this track looks superior to that of his main rivals and he can take this. The remainder look up against it on today's terms.
Uphold 6-4fav (9-12) Made all, 3 lengths clear 3f out, increased lead 2f out, unchallenged, comfortable, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct beating Ravi River (9-11) by 9l, 12 ran.
La Estrella (USA) 40-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and lost place 3f out, soon behind and eased, 26th of 33, well behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 14-1 (8-12) Soon tracking leaders on outside, hung left over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 38l behind Arlequin (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Seawood 100-1 (9-13) 6th of 9, 44l behind Cluain Dara (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Jul.
Visions of Johanna (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 7l behind Beauchamp Xiara (8-9) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Oct.
Mazij 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, clear inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo sll (6) gd in Oct beating What About Now (9-0) by 5l, 7 ran.
Kishanda 9-1 (8-9) Hampered soon after start, behind, some late headway, never on terms, 5th of 13, 15l behind Dr Red Eye (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct.
Kalahaag (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 14l behind Royal Straight (8-9) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.