TRAVEL makes most appeal in this. She carries a penalty for last week's course and distance win but scored with plenty to spare and can follow-up. Vertueux has a bit to find with the selection on collateral form but should have improved for his recent comeback while Star Of Namibia has been threatening to score over 1m4f in similar company here of late. Brabazon makes the trip over from Ireland but hasn't won since 2011, the same year Royal Defence last got his head in front.
Brabazon (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 7l behind Bramshill Lass (9-13) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Travel (USA) 9-2 (8-4) Soon led, headed 9f out, not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Divea (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Vertueux (FR) 12-1 (9-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Divea (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Star Of Namibia (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Pushed along early, held up in rear, headway on outside to chase leaders 9f out, went 2nd 8f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Spanish Plume (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Lisahane Bog 7-1 (9-3) Awkward and steied start, held up in last pair, last and struggling 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, no threat, 7th of 12, 9l behind I'm Harry (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Royal Defence (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Led 6f, tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, 22l behind Keep Kicking (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.