VANILLA RUM has been placed at this track on his last couple of starts in better company and John Mackie's charge is fancied to come out on top today dropping down a grade. Rigid arrives on the back of a win over hurdles and could figure, while Red Flash was runner-up in this lowly grade over a shorter trip last month and should be thereabouts again. Love In The Park and American Lover may prove best of the rest in an ordinary-looking contest.
American Lover (FR) 10-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 8, 7l behind Seamster (9-0) at Southwell 7f stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Dec.
Vanilla Rum 9-2 (8-8) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 6f out, led over 1f out, soon edged left, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Yourinthewill (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Rigid 7-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 13, 11l behind Prime Circle (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Wing N Prayer (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Ariyfa (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Red Flash (IRE) 7-2fav (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 4th of 10, 2l behind Resplendent Alpha (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Beating Harmony 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along 3f out, some late moderate headway, 8th of 12, 7l behind Idol Deputy (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Love In The Park 9-2 (8-8) Dwelt held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Trip Switch (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Zee Zee Dan (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden to challenge when hung badly right well over 1f out, went left approaching final final furlong, not run on and eased, 9th of 12, 11l behind Idol Deputy (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Sable (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 14, 9l behind Trotting Weasel (9-0) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Portrush Storm 50-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, hard driven over 4f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 12, well behind Ace Master (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Yossi (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Ridden leaving stalls, soon prominent, led 10f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 26l behind Tornado Force (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ballinargh Boy 8-1 (8-7) Led, raced keenly, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Beggers Belief (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Our Princess Ellie (USA) 40-1 (8-8) In rear, headway on outside over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 13, 7l behind Karate (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.