Galician and Clockmaker are both winners on Polytrack but have yet to encounter this surface. By contrast, DUBAI HILLS is a course specialist and the winner of his last six starts on the Fibresand. Only 1lb higher than the latest of those victories back in March, Bryan Smart's charge gets the vote. Frontier Fighter is a course winner and went close at Kempton last time. He's taken to reverse earlier running at Doncaster with Laffan while Iptisam can also get involved if handling the Fibresand after a good effort at Wolverhampton last time.
Galician 6-1 (9-10) Always prominent, driven over 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Clockmaker (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, kept on well final 100 yards, went 2nd close home, not quite peg back winner, 2nd of 10, nk behind Loyalty (8-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Dubai Hills 22-1 (8-9) Held up rear of mid-division, headway towards far side to get in behind leaders 2f out, soon ridden, weakened 1f out, 12th of 15, 14l behind Gworn (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Fratellino 25-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 8l behind Lancelot Du Lac (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Aubrietia 25-1 (9-6) Chased leader until lost place over 1f out, last of 7, 9l behind Equitania (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Laffan (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Held up towars rear, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Frontier Fighter 7-2fav (9-6) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, held close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Upavon (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Iptisam 11-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Capo Rosso (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Tellovoi (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.