OUR GOLDEN GIRL has been threatening to get her head in front and went very close here again earlier in the week - she gets another chance to finally come good. Shirazz has won over a shorter trip here but perseveres over this longer distance despite appearing not to stay at Kempton last time when Bennelong finished runner-up. The latter should figure and makes more appeal than Funky Munky, who faces different conditions to the 1m6f in heavy ground he scored over at Catterick in October.
Waving 25-1 (9-2) Led until over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 7, 19l behind St Ignatius (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Bennelong 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, well held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind This Is Me (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
Shirazz 3-1fav (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 14, 6l behind This Is Me (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
Layla's Boy 18-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, plugged on final 2f, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 14l behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Our Golden Girl 9-2 (8-11) Held up, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to challenge winner over 1f out, not quicken close home, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Rainford Glory (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Funky Munky 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden when came stand side over 1f out, soon every chance, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct beating Dubara Reef (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 8th of 12, 16l behind Royal Trooper (10-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sweet Louise (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Soon behind and outpaced, tailed off 4f out, 9th of 10, well behind Mystery Drama (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Oct.
Nelson's Muse 150-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, last of 11, 20l behind Consign (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec '12.