ANTONIO GRAMSCI made a promising start when beaten only a head at Ripon in June. His readiness for action has to be taken on trust but he has little to beat in this and David Barron's charge gets the nod. Pull The Pin has gone close on this surface but over the longer trip of a mile and Bapak Bangsawan makes more appeal on his earlier second over course and distance. Auntie Mildred and Lady Calantha are harder to fancy but the newcomer My Name Is Rio wouldn't have to be anything special to figure.
Pull The Pin (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, pulled hard, led 4f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 7l behind Breakheart (8-9) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Antonio Gramsci 11-8fav (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, ridden 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 11, hd behind Rat Catcher (9-3) at Ripon 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jun.
Bapak Bangsawan 7-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Moviesta (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
My Name Is Rio (IRE) Captain Rio gelding out of Walk In My Shadow.
Auntie Mildred (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) In touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 10, 19l behind Movementneverlies (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn fll (5) pol.
Lady Calantha 40-1 (8-9) Soon led, headed over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Dangerous Age (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.