DUBAI PHANTOM won over 2m at Kempton in September and the form is working out well with both the runner-up and fourth-placed winning since. He looks capable of going in again off a 4lb higher mark. Nayessence has a couple of 1m4f wins around here to his name and a good effort last time points to a big run, while Brabazon returned from a lengthy absence to score easily over 2m at Lingfield and has to come into the reckoning. Lucas Pitt is another to consider after beating Rhythm Stick at Kempton.
Lus Na Hoiche (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression over 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 11th of 20, 23l behind Isabellareine (9-8) at Galway 2m hcp 50-70 gf in Jul.
Soundbyte 4-1 (9-7) Dwelt, soon close up, tracked leader 8f out until 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Naheell (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Nayessence 6-1 (9-2) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 12, 1l behind Straversjoy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Dubai Phantom (USA) 7-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden 5f out, headway under pressure 2f out, kept on, never nearer, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Dan Buoy (8-12) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Trumpstoo (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Raced wide, held up, weakened 4f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Film Festival (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Brabazon (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) Settled towards rear, smooth headway from over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, ran on strongly, won at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Olivino (10-0) by 10l, 13 ran.
Lucas Pitt 8-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov beating Rhythm Stick (8-13) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Motirani 33-1 (9-2) Chased leader, over 2f, stayed in 3rd, every chance over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Jovial (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Pearl (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, led over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 7l behind Blackmore (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Hugo Quick 66-1 (8-12) Soon behind, tailed off from halfway, last of 12, well behind Kingaroo (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.