MR EMIRATI took the eye when landing his maiden over 7f here a fortnight ago. This longer trip is likely to suit and Bryan Smart's charge looks ready to take another step forward and score on his handicap debut. Guga was headed close home over 1m4f here last time but is just as effective over this shorter trip, while Catbells finally opened her account at Brighton in October and is another worthy of consideration. Stanley Rigby will have benefited from his recent comeback run and could also figure.
Guga (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Straversjoy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
The Winged Assasin (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, hard ridden to challenge over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Devil You Know (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Catbells (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Iron Condor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Tricky Situation 40-1 (8-12) Dwelt, ridden to lead after 1f and set strong pace, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, 38l behind Spensley (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Mr Emirati (USA) 11-4 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway 2f out on outer, ridden over 1f out, soon edged left, led inside final furlong, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Red Rhythm (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Know No Fear 6-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 13, 9l behind Ubenkor (10-4) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Stanley Rigby 9-2 (8-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 13, well behind Prickles (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Sams Spirit 66-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out, ridden along 2f out, soon lost 2nd and weakened quickly, 10th of 12, 24l behind New Beginning (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.