NEIGE D'ANTAN picked up a similar classified race at Kempton last month and was beaten less than a length in a handicap at this track last week. Sir Mark Prescott's charge gets the nod to confirm latest running with Taro Tywod and land this. First Glance popped-up at Bath before reverting to type when finishing nearly last here on Tuesday but the returning Lady Intrigue won't have to improve much on last year's form to get involved and stablemate Neil's Pride also has the past form to figure.
Crucis Abbey (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Always behind, last of 13, 19l behind Memphis Man (9-2) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Lady Intrigue (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 3f out, driven to chase leading pair over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Kian's Delight (9-1) at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug '11.
Bubbly Bounty 40-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, some headway when ridden and hung left over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 16l behind My Mate Jake (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Essell 13-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden clear over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 16l behind Maccabees (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) hvy.
First Glance 14-1 (8-8) Keen led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 21l behind Hard Road (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Lady Author 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until 2f out, weakened final furlolng, 7th of 10, 10l behind News Desk (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Leonards Pride (IRE) 28-1 (8-5) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, in rear final 3f, 9th of 10, 12l behind Tigertoo (7-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Sep.
Naturalmente (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Led to halfway, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 14l behind Takealookatmenow (9-0) at Redcar 6f 2yo stks (5) gd in Oct '11.
Neige D'antan 11-4fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway inside final 3f, ridden to challenge and every chance 1f out, carried right and stayed on inside final furlong, but not quite reach winnner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Kathleensluckylad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Neil's Pride 4-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 5l behind Abundantly (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Suedehead 9-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, under pressure over 4f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 6l behind Azrag (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Taro Tywod (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Kathleensluckylad (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Variety Show (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up, pushed along over 6f out, well beaten final 2f, 8th of 13, 21l behind Grand Liaison (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.