Emerald Wilderness beat Ellemujie by only a nose when runner-up over C&D last month and it would be no surprise if either popped-up in this. True To Form has been running well in lesser company recently but more is needed here, while Songburst has a bit to prove over the distance after scoring over a mile here last time with Veroon just behind. The latter's stablemate HIDDEN GLORY ran a shocker in much better company last time, but he beat today's rival Scamperdale off a higher mark at Lingfield early this year and he gets the vote to return to form in a wide-open handicap.
Zebrano 66-1 (9-3) Took keen hold towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 14th of 19, 8l behind Dhaular Dhar (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
True To Form (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Held up in touch on outside, smooth headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov beating Mighty Clarets (9-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Uphold 7-2 (9-12) Pushed along to soon lead, ridden and headed over 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 47l behind La Estrella (9-11) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Ellemujie 12-1 (9-8) Held up in final trio, ridden and headway entering final furlong, soon every chance, not quicken near finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Mountain Range (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Raced wide held up in final trio, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Mountain Range (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Veroon (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never able to challenge, 8th of 12, 15l behind William Haigh (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Scamperdale 6-1 (9-6) Led and set steady pace, headed over 7f out, tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on, no impression with winner final 110 yards, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Dr Livingstone (9-11) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Hidden Glory 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, last of 11, 45l behind Tinshu (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Songburst 13-2 (8-6) Soon led, headed over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, edged right towards finish, headed close home, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating George Guru (8-10) by shd, 12 ran.
Big Bay (USA) 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden 5f out, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 14, 17l behind Veroon (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Lyric Poet (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, never a factor, 13th of 15, 11l behind Tartan Gigha (9-10) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Classically (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 8, 6l behind Hurricane Spirit (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Bengal Tiger 7-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, outpaced 3f out, weakened 2f out, eased over 1f out, 10th of 12, well behind True To Form (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Epernay 7-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, edged left and led entering final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating I Confess (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.