Joe Fanning sticks with LATE SHIPMENT ahead of Wolverhampton scorer Maxie T, which is no surprise after the top weight ran away with a Lingfield handicap last week on his reappearance. A penalty is unlikely to prevent a follow-up. Maxie T could provide a 1-2 for Mark Johnston as Blue Talisman already looks exposed and Wolverhampton fourth O'Raghallaigh is 4lb wrong in the weights.
Late Shipment 6-4 (9-7) Led 1f, remained prominent, led over 1f out, soon clear impressive, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Flying Author (8-0) by 10l, 5 ran.
Maxie T 5-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged left and stayed on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Zamra (9-7) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Blue Talisman (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Held up, headway 8f out, challenged 4f out, no impression on leader over 1f out, lost 2nd and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Fair Flutter (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Bentons Lad 50-1 (8-1) Towards rear, never near leaders, 10th of 14, 27l behind Firecruise (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Sirpertan 16-1 (7-11) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 25l behind Fair Flutter (8-3) at Beverley 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Mister Uno (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Emerahldz (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
O'raghallaigh (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Slowly away, in rear, pushed along and headway to go poor 4th over 3f out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 17l behind Indian Trifone (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.