Red Sherlock must have gone into many notebooks after turning a Towcester bumper into a procession last month. But likewise CAPTAIN CUTTER, thrown in at the deep end in a Listed race on his racecourse debut over track and trip but showing a terrific attitude to master Red Sherlock's stable companion King's Palace with the pair clear of the third. He gets the nod in what looks a virtual match with winning pointers Shantou Magic and The Skyfarmer likely to need further. Monte Kaolino shaped with some promise at Lingfield but may only be playing for a place in this.
Captain Cutter (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) hvy in Dec beating Kings Palace (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Dee Ayes Delight Beat All gelding out of Copper Castle.
Monte Kaolino (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Alphabetical Order (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (6) std in Dec.
Shantou Magic (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Ld/disp, ld aftr 4out & gng best bef 3out, 2l adv bef last, easily, won at Affane 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Isaacstown Lad (11-4) by 4l, 13 ran.
Sweet Boy Vic (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Sweet Second.
The Skyfarmer 3-1 (11-7) Mid div, 9th 1/2way, smooth prog in 6th bef 2out, ld bef last, row, won at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp gs in Sep beating Guido D'arezzo (11-7) by 3l, 13 ran.
Red Sherlock 7-4fav (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 4f out, led over 2f out, soon clear and ran on strongly, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan beating Indian Castle (11-4) by 23l, 14 ran.
Jack By The Hedge 50-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, lost place over 3f out, 5th of 7, 24l behind Comte D'anjou (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) hvy in Dec.