JO'BURG was beaten a head by Licence To Till on identical terms at York in October but Silvestre De Sousa rather pinched the race on the winner that day. He now resumes his partnership with David O'Meara's eight-year-old, whom he steered into second place in a valuable handicap at Redcar earlier, and the placings may be reversed. Luggers Hall won over hurdles last month but may find a couple of these too quick over this trip on good ground while Sugar Hiccup has his first start since finishing second over 1m4f at Newbury in the autumn. Race-fit C&D winner Brouhaha may be best of the rest.
Licence To Till (USA) 20-1 (8-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 19l behind Tullius (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gs.
Braveheart Move (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, led approaching 3f out, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Suhaili (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Jo'burg (USA) 13-2fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never a threat, 10th of 19, 7l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Mica Mika (IRE) 5-1fav (9-4) Held up in rear, pushed along over 5f out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 14l behind Ultimate (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 6f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 21l behind Hisaabaat (9-5) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f 3yo mdn gf in Aug.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 9-1 (8-1) Mid-division, headway on outside 4f out, pressed leaders from 3f out, driven to challenge and hung left 2f out, stayed on to 2nd closing stages, never quite going pace of winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Albert Bridge (8-8) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Brouhaha 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden along 4f out, plugged on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 12, 7l behind Refractor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.