Nautilus failed to cope with an 11lb rise at Lingfield after an easy win at the same track earlier. Miss Blakeney ended last year with a double but never figured on her reappearance off a 10lb higher mark. Presburg steps up a grade having won over 1m4f here recently when Icebuster was well beaten and Stevie Thunder also struggled in similar company to this last time. Omar Khayyam has leading claims on his victory at Epsom in September, but a chance is taken on HALFSIN. He's not the most straightforward but posted a better effort at Wolverhampton last month and has tumbled 11lb down the weights this year.
Nautilus 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt towards rear, switched to outer over 3f out, wide into straight 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Winterlude (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Oct.
Omar Khayyam 8-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, steady headway 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out, stayed on well, driven out, won at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep beating Certavi (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Icebuster 6-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Presburg (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Halfsin (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Off The Pulse (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Presburg (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside 2f out, strong run to 2nd 1f out, led inside final furlong, won going away, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Grendisar (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Stevie Thunder 5-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 7f out until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Come On Blue Chip (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Miss Blakeney 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 41l behind Jupiter Storm (9-3) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.