The Tatkin was all out to score at Hereford three weeks ago on her handicap debut. But a 13lb rise and top weight here looks a big ask, while Al Shababiya just got the better of Inkberrow Rose over C&D last time and that pair are closely matched again today. Royal Chatelier will relish the heavy ground but has gone up another 5lb for finishing second at Uttoxeter last month and preference goes to NOT SO PRUDENT. He's had a torrid time since going close at Uttoxeter back in 2010, but showed signs of a revival when third at Exeter on his latest start and remains open to improvement after only seven starts.
The Tatkin (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Made most until before 3 out, led again 2 out, all out, won at Hereford 3m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Winds Of War (11-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4th, bad mistake when 3rd 2 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Inkberrow Rose (10-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 5-2fav (11-2) Led until 2nd, stayed handy, went 2nd 9th, not fluent 2 out, stayed on under pressure, not able to get to winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Bringewood Belle (10-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Cannon Fire (FR) 25-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lady Karabaya (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Western Whisky (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Behind from 2nd, not fluent 4th, lost touch 9th, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Ukrainian Star (11-12) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 7 ran.
Not So Prudent (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) In touch, pushed along and headway before 6th, led next, driven and joined 3 out, headed next, lost 2nd and no further impression, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Mission Complete (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Inkberrow Rose (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Led early, prominent, not fluent 7th, led approaching last, headed close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Al Shababiya (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Pension Plan 16-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, ridden before 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 30l behind Mighty Monty (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Tarateeno 10-1 (11-11) Prominent, ridden after 9th, no impression on leaders when taking 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 10, 24l behind King Of Castile (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Bendant 5-2fav (11-0) Led until before 2nd where not fluent, prominent, mistake 5th, led next, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before next, 2nd of 13, 23l behind Black Mac (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Seymour Eric 9-2 (10-13) Led, headed 7th, chased leader, not fluent next, driven before 4 out, lost 2nd after 4 out, stayed on same pace and no impression before next, 4th of 8, 14l behind Mission Complete (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.