Leyte Gulf has solid claims on his second to Appeal over C&D last week, but a chance is taken on FANTINO. The latter finished a close-up third in a tougher race over track and trip in October and, with an outing over hurdles since, Pat Murphy's charge should be fit enough to throw down a challenge. Jamarjo is another to consider after a couple of Polytrack wins over 1m4f in December though he's closely matched with Straversjoy on latest running here. Maison Brillet and Mexican Bob have the past form to figure if going back far enough.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 11l behind Buddy Holly (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Straversjoy 7-2 (9-10) Chased leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Thundering Home (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Irish Jugger (USA) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, soon lost place, last of 5, 18l behind First Rock (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Fantino 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Mexican Bob 5-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden 3f out, effort and every chance entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Kames Park (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec '09.
Jamarjo (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden to challenge over 2f out, effort when short of room entering final furlong, soon eased, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Thundering Home (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Leyte Gulf (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Appeal (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Art Thief 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Thundering Home (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.