Fortrose Academy just held off Lastkingofscotland here a month ago but the runner-up was unlucky and made amends with a smooth success over an extra furlong at Wolverhampton. The pair should be involved again while Alnoomaas won twice here in September and hasn't done so well at other tracks subsequently. Gung Ho Jack scored twice at Wolverhampton but was behind Lastkingofscotland at Lingfield last time and Belle Bayardo has been hit with a 5lb rise for landing a minor handicap at Wolverhampton. GABBIANO has more scope than any of these and won a maiden over the C&D just over a year ago. He was unlucky in-running here twice in the summer and a chance is taken that he's fit enough to do himself justice after his break.
Caldercruix (USA) 16-1 (9-2) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 8l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Gabbiano 5-2fav (8-8) Hampered start, held up, headway on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Desert Philosopher (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Held up, headway on outer over 1f out, led on bit entering, ridden and ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Colbyor (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Time Medicean 16-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 6l behind Noverre To Go (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 14th of 18, 23l behind Chookie Royale (9-0) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Nov.
Alnoomaas (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leader, wide and lost place entering straight, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Belinsky (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Gung Ho Jack 7-2fav (9-1) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Master Of Disguise (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Rambo Will 5-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Gabrial's Gift (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Guest Book (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Slowly away headway to mid-division after 1f, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on to go 2nd near finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Junket (10-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked winner, lost place inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Stepturn (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Excellent Aim 9-1 (9-4) Chased leaders in centre, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 15, 10l behind See Clearly (10-1) at Thirsk 6f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.