Mack's Sister had Torres Del Paine well behind when scoring over C&D in November and has been raised 3lb for that success. But that could still be enough to prevent her going in again judged on her previous form and another recent winner in MICROLIGHT is preferred. He won at Lingfield last month and there's room for some improvement as John Long's charge scored off a higher mark than today back in 2010. Diamond Vine and Rapid Water could prove best of the rest in a poor handicap unless Ever The Optimist has progressed since his modest efforts on the turf last summer.
Smoky Cloud (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 12, 4 1/2l behind Hatta Stream (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ever The Optimist (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, led, headed inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no impression when lost place inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Cape Classic (9-3) at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Mack's Sister 9-2 (9-1) Always prominent, led just over 1f out, strongly pressed, held on well, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov beating Dvinsky (9-3) by nk, 12 ran.
Torres Del Paine 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Mack's Sister (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Captain Dimitrios (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Rapid Water 3-1fav (9-2) Always behind, last of 9, 10l behind Efistorm (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Welcome Approach 25-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden halfway, never on terms, 7th of 13, 6l behind Towy Boy (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Demoiselle Bond 8-1 (9-0) Led, edged left and headed over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Zaheeb (8-12) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
First In Command (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Peace Seeker (9-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Vhujon (IRE) 22-1 (8-12) Behind, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 4l behind Royal Bajan (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Microlight 11-2 (8-10) Made most, clear 2f out, ridden and stayed on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Super Frank (8-11) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
White Shift (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) In touch, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 7l behind Peace Seeker (9-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.