Kalokagathia boasts the highest official rating but a string of seconds in maiden company including when starting a short-priced favourite on his last couple of starts makes it difficult to have much faith in him. As a consequence, EXCELLENT JEM is preferred as he wasn't beaten that far when fifth at Lingfield last week on his first start since August. The rest have plenty to find including Batchworth Firefly and are harder to fancy unless bumper runner-up Sign Pro proves suited to the drop back in trip.
Aaranyow (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Always behind, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Suegioo (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Excellent Jem 4-1fav (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Sunshine Always (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Island Express (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 12l behind Miss Bunter (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Kalokagathia (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Rockalong (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Sign Pro (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden and lost place 4f out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Batchworth Firefly 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 7l behind Welsh Inlet (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ishi 50-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, effort over 3f out, hung left 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 6l behind Bull Bay (9-3) at Kempton 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Rosa Lockwood 100-1 (9-0) Behind, struggling halfway, headway 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 12, 15l behind Gifted Dancer (9-0) at Chepstow 7f mdn fll stks (5) gd in Sep.
Twilight Legend (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 23l behind Rockalong (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.