DARK LANE finished a respectable third on his recent return to action. That effort was over 5f at Wolverhampton in a better race than this and he gets the nod back over his winning trip at a course that should suit. Ray Of Joy, Vhujon and Jack Rackham have all been running well over C&D lately and the booking of Jamie Spencer for the John Oxx-trained Flash McGahon will attract interest, although, it should be noted that the Irish raider has won only once in 39 starts and that was back in 2006.
Ray of Joy 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, moderate headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 8, 8l behind Young Dottie (8-4) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Crown (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 10l behind Barq (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Dark Lane 13-2 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Whozthecat (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Breathless Kiss (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Fantasy Gladiator (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Vhujon (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, soon switched left, squeezaed throught to chase winner well inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind High Spice (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Flash McGahon (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) In rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on past beaten horses, 5th of 10, 5l behind Wallis (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Jack Rackham 7-1 (8-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 6, 4l behind Onceaponatime (8-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Mar.
Kylladdie 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 22l behind Lutine Bell (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Little Perisher 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind Diman Waters (8-12) at Haydock 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Lord of The Reins (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Love You Louis (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.