Rated much higher on the all-weather than on turf, there is a suggestion that Grand Vizier may not be the force of old on this surface nowadays while Stand Guard needs a longer trip to show his best. Cobo Bay and Star Links are not badly treated under today's conditions and can figure, but the former has a bit to find with SHE'S A CHARACTER on earlier form. Richard Fahey's filly hasn't scored since making a winning debut but the best of her form since gives her every chance and this drop in class could prove the key to getting her head back in front.
Stand Guard 9-1 (9-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Dark Promise (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cobo Bay 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leader until ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 14l behind Erinjay (9-3) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) std.
She's A Character 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always behind, 8th of 9, 6l behind Blue Moon (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Bold Trumpeter Zahran gelding out of Stolen Owl.
Star Links (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Steadied start, keen held up, headway to track leaders over 3f out, ridden to join winner over 1f out, no extra near finish, 4th of 7, 1/2l behind The Winged Assasin (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Grand Vizier (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Slowly away, driven after start, in rear, headway under pressure 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2l behind Caprio (9-7) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Midnight Strider (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Led, headed 8f out, chased leader, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol beating Unbreak My Heart (10-0) by 4l, 3 ran.