METHAYEL hit form with a couple of wins at Brighton last month and the switch to Polytrack shouldn't be a problem. Clive Brittain's filly can continue her progress and land the hat-trick. Swift Breeze won here last season and showed her best form since when second at Wolverhampton last time, while Choral has been threatening a return to winning ways with a couple of placed efforts at this track in September. Present Danger has been below par recently but today's drop in class should see her finish closer and Drakes Drum could figure on his handicap bow.
Present Danger 4-1fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 6l behind Iron Step (9-2) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Oct.
Choral 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon under pressure, kept on final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Dare To Bare (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Menadati (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Raced center prominent, came towards stand side to chase overall leader over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 6l behind May Be Some Time (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Swift Breeze 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on inside well over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Supreme Spirit (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.
Drakes Drum 7-4 (9-3) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, hung right from halfway, went 2nd approaching final 3f, driven 2f out, no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened to 4th closing stages, 4th of 7, 10l behind Hayaku (8-12) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Oct.
Matilda's Waltz 16-1 (9-0) Awkwardly away, in rear, ridden 4f out, never a factor, last of 6, 34l behind Dragonera (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Isingy Red (FR) 14-1 (9-3) Raced center keen close up, switched to stand side over 3f out, headway under rail over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, not quicken, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind May Be Some Time (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Methayel (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct beating Daffydowndilly (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Levantera (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Led, narrowly headed approaching final 3f, stayed chalenging, not much room on rails 2f out, weakened, 7th of 9, 17l behind Sweet World (9-6) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.