GRILLETTO may not have won a race so far this year, but he can still boast superior form to the opposition. James Tate's charge has come against the progressive Teophillip in both recent starts, including a Listed race at Lingfield three weeks ago, and can land this if running up to the same level. He also beat today's rival Red Dragon here in October and the latter has won twice over course and distance since. That included a defeat of subsequent winner Blazeofenchantment while Run It Twice needs to find a bit more to figure. Al Emirati is lightly-raced and should be winning again this season after ending the last one with a victory at Brighton.
Al Emirati (IRE) 6-5fav (9-0) Led 1f, remained prominent, driven and every chance from 2f out, stayed on strongly to lead post, won at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) fm in Sep beating Banreenahreenkah (8-4) by ns, 4 ran.
Grilletto (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Led 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Teophilip (9-1) at Lingfield 7f Listed Stakes (3yo) (1) pol in Mar.
Red Dragon (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leader, pushed along to lead over 2f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Black Dave (9-3) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Run It Twice (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 4l behind Newstead Abbey (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Blazeofenchantment (USA) 4-5fav (9-5) Led 1f, tracked leaders, headway to lead when hung left over 1f out, driven out, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Darkest Night (9-5) by 2l, 7 ran.
Winnie Perry 10-1 (8-12) Keen close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Gallena (8-12) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Pippy 8-1 (8-6) Led early, tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 4l behind Lilac Lace (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.