Change The Subject is edging closer to that elusive first win and Bakoura could figure after a better effort on the turf last time. Islesman and Munsarim are both capable of winning off their current marks and the latter had Follow The Flag behind when third at this track last time, but the vote goes to TAROOQ. Richard Fahey's charge found the more progressive Loyalty too good on his latest start at Kempton, but meets nothing of that calibre here and had won two of his three previous starts.
Totally Ours 25-1 (9-8) Raced wide mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 8l behind Mountain Range (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tarooq (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway 3f out, switched left over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Loyalty (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Star Links (USA) 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 9th entering straight, no extra from over 1f out, 15th of 20, 10l behind Take It To The Max (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp in Oct.
Munsarim (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Chosen Forever (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Islesman 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, closed inside final furlong, not quite able to challenge, hampered and snatched up towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Songburst (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
My Kingdom (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, never involved, last of 10, 22l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Oct.
She Ain't A Saint 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division on inside, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, never on terms, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Kakapuka (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Change The Subject (USA) 6-1 (9-2) With leader and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon challenged, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind The Which Doctor (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not able to trouble leaders, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Chosen Forever (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Bakoura 9-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chasing leaders when hung right over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd last strides, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Iron Step (9-2) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Oct.
Huwayit (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Towards rear and pushed along, weakened 3f out, last of 12, 29l behind Top Diktat (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Oct.