Only 3lb separates a big field in a tight handicap. Yarmouth winner PINK LIPS is the least exposed and gets the vote on that basis with improvement a possibility. Rufus Stone went close over C&D in between a couple of modest efforts while C&D winners Storm Runner and Querido are back on winning marks if at their best. But Ermyntrude looks a bigger threat as she scored over track and trip in September and is only 3lb higher today and Vitznau can be given a chance as he continues to slip down the weights.
Just Five (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 21l behind My Mate Jake (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Rufus Stone (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Led at steady pace, narrowly headed over 3f out, pressed leader and every chance 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Inpursuitoffreedom (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Storm Runner (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Pushed along in rear, ridden 4f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 8l behind Tunnager Grove (8-10) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Oct.
Querido (GER) 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders 6f, 11th of 14, 13l behind Authoritarian (8-11) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Pink Lips 8-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon hung right, stayed on well, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 4l behind Les Verguettes (9-5) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct.
Ermyntrude 5-1 (9-0) Towards rear, good headway over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led final 100 yards, won on the nod, won at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep beating Rapid Water (9-2) by ns, 14 ran.
Boris The Bold 20-1 (9-2) Prominent, every chance over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Bridge That Gap (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Vitznau (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, 6th and no impression last half furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Warden Bond (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Whinging Willie (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 18l behind Saint Irene (8-10) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Oct.
Gallantry 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outside, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 9l behind Ermyntrude (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Divine Rule (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ran on inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 5th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Trusting (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Exopuntia 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Pastoral Jet (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Aragorn Rouge 11-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Outlaw Torn (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Dichoh 50-1 (8-10) Always behind, last of 12, 40l behind Paphos (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.