Special Reserve should be in the mix but hasn't been one to rely on in the past, Annabelle's Charm is respected but GAIA PRINCE is the one that we want to be with. Amanda Perrett has been amongst the winners of late and it would be no surprise were her charge to attract support. He went into plenty of notebooks when chasing home the well regarded Checklow on his second start but failed to land a blow on his handicap bow in June. He's been absent since suggesting that something may have been amiss and he's worth another chance to confirm that promise in this company. Special Reserve has finished runner-up on no fewer than six occasions but is still awaiting his first success. That raises obvious doubts and it's not difficult to look elsewhere although he clearly has the ability to win races of this nature. Annabelle's Charm has been made favourite for all five career starts and her supporters have collected only once when she was 1-4. She hasn't always looked totally straightforward but has too much ability to dismiss lightly. Constant Cheers needs to have improved over the winter if he's to defy the handicapper whilst Coyote Creek may be seen to better effect once the headgear is reapplied. There are question marks over the selection too but we expect Gaia Prince to have the answers.
Evident Pride (USA) 14-1 (8-5) Led for 1f, steadied into 4th place, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Philatelist (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Mar.
Another Bottle (IRE) 50-1 (7-13) Started slowly, always rear group, never a factor, 10th of 12, 11l behind Dubai Dynamo (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Constant Cheers (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon one pace, 6th of 12, 11l behind Shimoni (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcap (4) gf in Sep.
Special Reserve (IRE) 5-4fav (9-3) Held up, steady headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders 2f out, one pace, 4th of 10, 3l behind Spouk (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Clipperdown (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Awkward start, soon prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 33l behind Bahar Shumaal (9-0) at Leicester 1m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Gaia Prince (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 18l behind Goodwood Starlight (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Coyote Creek 14-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, 7th of 8, 20l behind Serious Choice (7-11) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Annabelle's Charm (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Broke well, soon held up in rear, headway well over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Agapanthus (8-10) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Bobby Charles 14-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up, never dangerous, 7th of 15, 14l behind Prairie Storm (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcap (5) hvy in Nov.