Shirataki attempts to land a hat trick after wins over shorter trips at Kempton and Lingfield and a bold bid is expected, but HONOURABLE KNIGHT looks to have superior form. The latter scored over C&D before going very close off today's mark at Kempton last week and Mark Usher's colt is also preferred to Pinotage, who scored at Lingfield in October and has ran well in defeat since. McCool Bannanas steps up in trip in search of his first win and the less exposed Barachiel may prove a bigger threat as he's already been placed over 1m6f.
Mccool Bannanas 14-1 (9-2) In touch, headway over 2f out, squeezed through over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, headed near line, 2nd of 9, shd behind Yourinthewill (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Barachiel 17-2 (9-3) Led, headed well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 12l behind Martine's Spirit (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Pinotage 15-2 (9-4) Chased leading trio, led just over 2f out, ridden hung left and flashed tail over 1f out, hung right and and headed inside final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Jamarjo (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
The Snorer 66-1 (9-3) Held up behind, headway over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Refractor (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 8, hd behind Rasheed (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Shirataki (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 8f out, led over 2f out, ridden and narrowly headed over 1f out, rallied gamely to lead again inside final furlong, on top closing stages, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Beggers Belief (9-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Black Iceman 5-1 (8-4) Pulled hard, soon steadied towards rear, hung badly left to outside rail over 10f out, soon tailed off, continued to hang left and raced on outside rail, not recover, last of 10, well behind Woop Woop (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Illustrious Forest 11-2 (8-12) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 5l behind El Libertador (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.