For Shia And Lula landed a seller at Brighton back in August but has to compete off a 10lb higher mark back on the all-weather. Hellbender looks to have hit a brick wall off his current mark and Daring Dragon's progress has come to halt judged on a disappointing effort at Lingfield last time. EWELL PLACE was allowed to come home in his own time once beaten at Lingfield last week but gets another chance here with a 7lb claimer taking over the reins, though Khajaaly finished runner-up over track and trip off a higher mark last year and makes more appeal than Izzy Boy, well beaten at Southwell recently when attempting to land a hat-trick.
Daring Dragon 3-1fav (9-7) Went right start, led after 2f, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5l behind Kuanyao (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Hellbender (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Tellovoi (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Chased leading pair, went 2nd going well over 2f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, kept on, won at Brighton 7f sell hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug beating Dancing Welcome (9-1) by nk, 10 ran.
Ewell Place (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, chased leaders under pressure on inside over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 14l behind Kyllachy Star (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fame Again 7-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Eurystheus (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Sewn Up 14-1 (8-13) Held up, took keen hold, not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Powerful Pierre (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Crown Choice 13-2 (8-8) Slowly away, always behind, eased final furlong, last of 6, 25l behind Bunce (9-4) at Hamilton 6f clm stks 0-70 (6) gd in Sep.
Khajaaly (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led on bit over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Silly Billy (8-11) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs.
Izzy Boy (USA) 11-4 (9-6) Close up, chased leader halfway, led 3f out, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased winner, kept on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Dandarrell (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.