HALLEY tackles older horses for the first time but Tom George's recent acquisition looked a smart stayer in the making when landing a Grade 1 contest over 2m6f on heavy ground at Auteuil last month and can follow up that victory here. Rev It Up is upped in grade after wins at Chepstow and Ffos Las but is a progressive type who can't be ignored, while Deireadh Re was still showing signs of inexperience when beaten at Ascot and is capable of better. American Spin has plenty of stamina and makes more appeal than Sea Of Thunder and Brass Tax of the others.
American Spin 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, joined leader 5th, led 7th, headed narrowly after 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden to lead again narrowly between last 2, headed last, held flat, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Rose Of The Moon (10-7) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Deireadh Re (IRE) 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leading trio, tracked leading pair 7th, went 2nd on inside approaching 2 out, ridden before last, every chance last, driven and not quicken flat, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Valid Reason (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Rev It Up (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Made all, clear 3 out, ridden and stayed on, won at Ffos Las 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Ardkilly Gunner (10-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Sea Of Thunder (IRE) 7-4 (11-5) Tracked winner, ridden before 3 out, no impression, 2nd of 15, 12l behind Hazy Tom (11-5) at Wetherby 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Brass Tax (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led to 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Simonsig (10-12) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Halley (FR) 16-1 (10-5) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f 4yo chs Grd 1 (1) hvy in Nov beating Dumet (10-5) by shd, 12 ran.