A wide-open affair with Pie Poudre finally getting off the mark here last time and No Complaining appreciating the longer trip to score over C&D last month. Join Up has won twice here recently and should figure while the likes of Hector Spectre and Merrymadcap are back on winning marks. A multiple winner in France, MOUNT HOLLOW shaped well enough when fourth on his British debut over C&D to suggest he will be winning soon. He can confirm recent superiority with Talent Scout and gets the vote.
Justcallmehandsome 9-2 (8-11) Slowly away, behind, rapid headway on outside over 5f out to chase leader over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Strike Force (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Know No Fear 11-2 (9-0) Keen tracked leader, led 8f out, clear over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 15l behind Lord Theo (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Merrymadcap (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Raced wide early, tracked leader 7f out, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Edgeworth (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Join Up 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, not clear run from 3f out, headway to chase leader 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 3l behind Royal Island (8-10) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.
Hector Spectre (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, headed final 50 yards, held near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Querido (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Mount Hollow 12-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, some headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind John Potts (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Talent Scout (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Prominent, went 2nd over 3f out, led 2f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind John Potts (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Wavertree Warrior (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Reared badly leaving stalls, in rear, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 6l behind Love In The West (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Katmai River (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, unable to quicken near finish, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Pie Poudre (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
No Complaining (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Stumbled start, always prominent, led over 1f out, hung right under pressure inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec beating Lucky Diva (8-11) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Princess Lexi (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, closing on inside rail when hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Layla's Lexi (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Ocean Countess (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In rear, ridden 4f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 6l behind Atacama Sunrise (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Pie Poudre 8-1 (8-10) Dwelt in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Director General (9-1) by nk, 11 ran.