Plenty of C&D winners on show in a competitive handicap, though Fakhuur isn't one of them. She got off the mark at Southwell last time and Ryan Moore's booking suggests there's more to come from her. Top weight Gritstone won twice here in October and a hat-trick isn't out of the question despite a 6lb rise, but Follow The Flag's recent resurgence has been on the Fibresand at Southwell. SNOW DANCER is closely matched on earlier form with Chosen Forever and she initially looked flattered by her latest fourth in a conditions race here behind the progressive Loyalty. However, the form has worked out really well and Hugh McWilliams' mare is the one to beat on that showing.
Gritstone 6-5fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct beating Elijah Pepper (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 20-1 (9-8) Chased leaders on inner, 6th halfway, no threat under 2f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind Takapour (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f stks pol in Sep.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) In rear, headway ridden and headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, soon went 2nd, not pace to challenge winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Mazij (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Chosen Forever 9-1 (9-1) In touch, tracked leader after 3f, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost place towards finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind William Haigh (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 22-1 (8-6) Mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, weakened close home, 4th of 7, 2l behind Loyalty (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo+) (4) pol.
Hidden Glory 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 14l behind True To Form (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Fastnet Storm (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Led, came stand side over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 20l behind Licence To Till (9-6) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Jordaura 8-1 (9-5) Behind, headway on outside under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Oct.
Fakhuur 9-4 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden and outpaced 2f out, stayed on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, asserted clear towards finish, won at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs beating Bianca De Medici (9-6) by 2l, 5 ran.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Held up in 7th, rapid headway round horses to press leader 7f out, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Sakhee's Pearl (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jawaab (IRE) 100-1 (8-13) Always in rear, last of 10, 16l behind Emerald Wilderness (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.