Small Fury and the unexposed Royal Acquisition won on the all-weather last year and better is expected from both this season. Space Artist went close on his reappearance at Southwell and can figure while the likes of Shrimpton and Oscars Journey have shown enough to suggest they can get involved off their current marks. THE ART OF RACING won over the minimum trip at York in September and was only beaten a head on his return to action at Nottingham last week. Olly Stevens' charge can race off the same mark here and can go one better.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Mayfield Girl (9-1) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Space Artist (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Sewn Up (9-2) at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp (4) fbs in Mar.
Shrimpton 10-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear centre, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Muharrib (9-7) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Nov.
Small Fury (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader until halfway, remained prominent, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Archie Stevens (9-4) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Khefyn (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on rail, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Mayfield Girl (9-1) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Oscars Journey 6-1 (8-6) Keen tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven and all out, won at Nottingham 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov beating Senator Bong (8-11) by shd, 8 ran.
Hot Secret 20-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind The Taj (9-7) at Ascot 5f 2yo hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Royal Acquisition 4-7fav (9-3) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged entering final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Ada Lovelace (8-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Buy Art 4-5fav (9-10) Led and soon pressed, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, faded towards finish, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Little Indian (8-8) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Edged Out 5-1 (8-12) Prominent, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind French Press (9-3) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Lager Time (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Upavon (9-0) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar.