AGAPANTHUS won four times on the Flat and has the best recent form of these, finishing second to Shadarpour at Plumpton 10 days ago. Most of his likely market rivals are returning from some sort of break but Cantabilly is a course and distance winner while Sarenice got off the mark at Newton Abbot in the summer. Spinning Waters is 2lb lower than his last winning mark but usually finds at least one too good, as he did at Worcester in August when last seen. Seaside Shuffle may be the danger, therefore, as his last two runs at Uttoxeter and Southwell have signalled some improvement.
Cantabilly (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, outpaced after 3 out, kept on from
Sarenice (FR) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along 4 out, headway after next, driven to lead before 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jul beating Hawk Gold (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Light The World (FR) 16-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, some headway 8th, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 16, 20l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Spinning Waters 5-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5th, hung left and went 2nd flat, stayed on, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Pindar (10-5) at Worcester 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Out Of Nothing 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, weakened before 4 out and pulled up, in a race won by Bathwick Junior (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov, 16 ran.
Maxdelas (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 7th and losing place when fell 3 out, in a race won by Dalrymple (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Crackerjack 28-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 3 out, never on terms, plugged on past beaten horses, 5th of 12, 37l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Seaside Shuffle (IRE) 5-1fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, ridden 2 out, 5th and one pace last, 5th of 16, 7l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Withy Mills 18-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 14, 27l behind Sylvan Legend (10-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Agapanthus (GER) 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, kept on from last, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Shadarpour (11-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Miss Tinks 25-1 (10-13) Mistake 4 out, always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Western Kate (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Wicklewood 200-1 (10-12) Chased leader until 5th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 13, 22l behind Irving (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Watchmetail (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, weakened from 2 out, 11th of 14, 41l behind Sylvan Legend (10-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Big John Cannon (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, ridden after 5th, some headway before 2 out, mistake last, never on terms, 5th of 8, 11l behind Persian Herald (11-5) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Lets Get Cracking (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 10l behind North London (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Sep.
Bedibyes 100-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Breaking Bits (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Ramona Chase 100-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up, always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.