Record Breaker finally returned to the winners' enclosure when running out an easy winner on fast ground at Pontefract a week ago. He'll probably start a short price to follow-up, but has yet to win in 11 starts on the all-weather and PERSIAN PERIL could prove better value. The latter beat today's rival Taikoo over 1m3f here when last successful and can race off a 4lb lower mark today. By contrast, Sunny Spells is 8lb higher than when scoring over C&D in December, while Calculating still looks a shade high in the weights judged on his recent placed efforts.
Record Breaker (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, unchallenged, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Hallstatt (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Persian Peril 13-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, beaten over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 8, 6l behind Music Of The Moor (9-0) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Taikoo 16-1 (9-8) Led for about 2f, tracked winner, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 21l behind Exemplary (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (4) pol in Jan.
Calculating (IRE) 12-1 (8-0) In touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on to go a never nearer 4th, 4th of 7, 12l behind La Estrella (9-6) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Mar.
Sunny Spells 16-1 (9-8) Led chasing group until 7f out, ridden 5f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 15, well behind Descaro (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Shy 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place 5f out, rallied over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 12l behind Foxhaven (9-12) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Ay Tay Tate (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Tracked leader until over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 21, 14l behind Jeer (10-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Trojan Gift (USA) 10-3 (9-6) Chased leaders, led after 3f, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 13l behind Chocolate Caramel (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.