Voyageofdiscovery was only beaten a nose by Mr Bossy Boots over this trip at Lingfield in February and has every chance of going one better here. Pipe Dream made a promising debut at Newbury in September but then ran a shocker at Leicester and has a bit to prove now. Crafty Exit's run at Newmarket in the autumn gave promise of better to come but OLD GUARD, who is a half-brother to smart miler Thistle Bird among others, is Roger Charlton's only runner here today and isn't highly tried on debut. It will be a surprise if he's not in the firing-line.
Battle Command (USA) 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Pretzel (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Buckland Beau 40-1 (9-5) Tracked leader until over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Gm Hopkins (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo mdn (5) sft.
Crafty Exit 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, not clear run over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 7th of 13, 8l behind Learaig (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Crucible Danehill Dancer colt out of Baize.
Old Guard Notnowcato gelding out of Dolma.
Pipe Dream 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 22l behind Rock Of Dreams (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Voyageofdiscovery (USA) 2-1fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, edged left, headed post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Mr Bossy Boots (8-10) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Pouncing Tiger 33-1 (8-8) Slowly away, held up behind, headway over 1f out, soon went 4th until close home, 5th of 9, 6l behind Jeremos (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Purana 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no headway, 6th of 10, 7l behind Emaratiya Ana (8-11) at Kempton 1m (5) pol in Mar.