Kie has already won easily at Kelso and Musselburgh, while Royal Bonsai is chasing a hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Market Rasen and Haydock. Both should run their race again but have to give weight unexposed Newbury second Ranjaan and Eagle Rock, who won over 1m4f on the Flat and only found the more experience Countrywide Flame too good on his debut at Sedgefield. SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL took a while to warm to his task at Wetherby but drew clear after the last and will have learned from the experience. That was his first run since April so he should also strip fitter here and may prove hard to beat.
Bradbury (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up, pushed along after 3rd, ridden 5th, well beaten after 5th, mistake last, 7th of 9, 20l behind Hinterland (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Kie (IRE) 1-6fav (11-5) Made all, clear from 4th, canter, won at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Urban Kode (10-12) by 28l, 6 ran.
Royal Bonsai 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, switched right 2 out, led last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Haydock 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Luggers Hall (10-9) by 5l, 9 ran.
Crafty Roberto (8-11) last of 4, 9l behind Cazals (8-11) at San Siro(ITY) 1m 3yo lst stk gd in Apr (flat).
Eagle Rock (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Took keen hold, prominent, chased winner 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, no impression last, one pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Countrywide Flame (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Ranjaan (FR) 6-4fav (10-12) In touch in 5th, pushed along and headway approaching 3 out, disputing modest 2nd and one pace 2 out, went 2nd before last, no chance when pecked last, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Urbain De Sivola (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
School For Scandal (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed after 3rd, not fluent 5th, led again before 3 out, kept on well, driven out, won at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Volcan Surprise (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Scoglio 15-2 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 7l behind Minortransgression (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov (flat).