None of these inspire confidence including the progressive MY MATE JAKE. He landed a double in August but recorded a couple of duck eggs before scoring by five lengths at Doncaster last week. He should come out best if in the mood. Idol Deputy has been well beaten at Lingfield either side of a C&D victory and Outlaw Torn could only manage third here last time after being raised 5lb for winning over C&D before that. Lovage looks to be treading water off her current mark but Wordiness finished a bit closer at Windsor last time and an apprentice takes another 5lb off his back today.
My Mate Jake (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Aegaeus (9-5) by 5l, 10 ran.
Satwa Laird 6-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 13, 3l behind Diplomatic (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Idol Deputy (FR) 9-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 2f out, stayed on to 4th over 1f out, not pace to threaten, 4th of 12, 7l behind Woolston Ferry (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May.
Wildcat Wizard (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Slowly away, held up in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 11, 7l behind Majestic Dream (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Berlusca (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 11, 5l behind Lucky Money (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Fishforcompliments 17-2 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 8l behind Tapis Libre (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Wordiness 25-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway when not clear run and switched lef tover 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Ambala (9-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Lovage 3-1fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Authoritarian (9-3) at Bath 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden eged left and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 10l behind Lucky Dan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 17-2 (9-7) Soon led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and narrowly headed over 1f out, ridden and still every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Geeaitch (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.