It's Me And You showed nothing on his debut, while Khandaq and Last Sovereign are returning from lay-offs and Istiqdaam is out of sorts. It's a close call between the remaining quartet, however, with ONE WAY OR ANOTHER the tentative selection. He reversed earlier C&D form with stablemate Bawaardi when a close-up seventh in a decent handicap at Lingfield last time and renews the rivalry on better terms today. Ezra Church finished just behind David Evans' duo at at this track last month and both he and Greyfriarschorista have claims back at this level having contested handicaps last time.
Greyfriarschorista 4-6fav (9-8) Held up, some headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on one pace, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 7l behind Il Battista (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Dec.
Bawaardi (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 9th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Marajaa (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
It's Me And You 9-1 (8-12) Always behind, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 23l behind Wisecraic (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol.
Khandaq (USA) 10-1 (9-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 12l behind Mariners Lodge (9-3) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Last Sovereign 18-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 10th of 11, 15l behind Courageous (9-2) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 15-2 (8-13) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, faded closing stages, 7th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Marajaa (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ezra Church (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, bumped soon after start, weakened well over 2f out, last of 9, 13l behind Scottish Glen (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Istiqdaam 40-1 (9-6) Behind, ridden 3f out, soon lost touch, last of 12, 20l behind Libys Dream (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.