Ascot third Asturienne has a good record at Towcester, while the hat-trick seeking Malindi Bay also has to go on the short-list. Kim Bailey's mare won over a slightly longer trip here last month and is clearly at the top of her game. There are a number of less-exposed types in this, however, including Market Rasen second Taketimeout and the former Mark Johnston-trained Mannlichen, a promising second at Plumpton last month. But we'll take a chance on the fitness of the progressive REQUIN, who won a Stratford novice event in March and had plenty of form on softer ground on the Flat in France in his younger days.
Asturienne 7-2fav (11-9) In touch, chased leaders after 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out, well held bypassing last, lost 2nd last half furlong, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Cinderella Rose (11-1) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Latin America (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Prominent, chased new leader before 5th, blundered 6th, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened and no chance with leading duo soon after, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Recession Proof (11-5) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Abstract Art (USA) 12-1 (11-1) Led, hit 2nd and 7th, not fluent and headed next, no chance with winner 10th, hit next, lost 2nd 12th, very tired when mistake 3 out, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Robinson Collonges (11-7) at Hereford 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Nov.
Olympian (FR) 17-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear on inside, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off when pulled up soon after, in a race won by Warne's Way (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Mac Aeda 5-1 (10-12) In touch, joined leaders 5th, led narrowly 7th, hard pressd 2 out, ridden and headed last, kept on same pace flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Get It On (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Malindi Bay 8-13fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd after next, led approaching 2 out, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Bounds And Leaps (10-10) by 8l, 15 ran.
Taketimeout (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, not fluent 3rd, went 3rd approaching 4th, hit 2 out, chased winner approaching and mistake last, no impression, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Andhaar (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Dinarius 40-1 (10-3) Led into start, held up in rear, headway 5th, lost place next, progess approaching 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, soon drifted left, no extra flat, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Mcmurrough (10-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Apr.
Simply Wings (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway and in touch 4 out, effort stands side next, soon ridden, every chance 2 out, soon outpaced, no impression when left well held 3rd last, no extra, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 16, 19l behind Full Of Joy (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
Causing Chaos (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along briefly after 5th, 5th and in touch from 8th, mistake 3 out, soon hung left and outpaced, stayed on approaching last to take 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 10, 13l behind Old Wigmore (10-7) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Hoh Viss 50-1 (11-9) Towards rear, tailed off from 7th, 9th of 11, well behind No Principles (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
De Welsh Wizzard 14-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, chased leaders after 4 out and going well, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 15, 30l behind Cantabilly (11-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Tom O'Tara 12-1 (11-8) Prominent, led 6th, ridden before 2 out, joined last, soon headed, one pace and no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Salpierre (11-9) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Nov.
Mannlichen 11-4 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, effort approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Brackloon High (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Grafite 7-2 (11-0) Held up, headway 5th, ridden in 5th after 3 out, driven to well held 4th when blundered and fell last, in a race won by Alph (11-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov, 9 ran.
Brixen (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Tended to jump right, led until ridden and headed 2 out, soon outpaced to 3rd and no chance with leading duo between last 2, 3rd of 13, 18l behind Sparky May (10-12) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Requin (FR) 18-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 7th, headed approaching 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden 3 lenghts clear last, held on, won at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar beating Restezen D'armor (11-0) by nk, 12 ran.
Rock 'n' Roller (FR) 40-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, well held 2 out, mistake and hampered last, 5th of 13, 23l behind I've Been Framed (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.