Support for Naias would see us switch our allegiance but we'll take FLAMESTONE in the opener with Nordic Light one that could surprise. Sherjawy has his work cut out to confirm recent form with the selection and Baba Ghanoush given that he's 6lbs worse off with the pair. Further behind in that race were Desert Light and Gone 'N' Dunnett and neither did enough to suggest that their turn was near. Naias is unexposed and may possibly not have handled the track at Southwell last time. That was her first run since the summer and she drops in grade here and market support would look significant. Nordic Light hasn't been in great form but Chris Catlin takes over from an apprentice and he wears a tongue strap for the first time; he's not too badly drawn either and may just be able to take a hand if the applications work. The selection has yet to win a race and there must be some doubt as to whether he can reproduce the form of his latest start but he's better drawn on this occasion and a similar performance would put him right there. It was his first start since August and he's relatively unexposed on the all-weather so may have a little more to offer so we'll award the vote to Flamestone.
Sherjawy (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, switched right and effort over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Hollow Jo (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Baba Ghanoush 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway and effort over 1f out, kept on final furlong, took 3rd near finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f stk (7) pol.
Desert Light (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Prominent on outsider, effort 2f out, soon ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 5l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f stk (7) pol.
Flamestone 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, good headway over 1f out, ran on strongly final furlong to close on winner near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f stk (7) pol.
Gone'n'dunnett (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, not quicken and weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 12, 6l behind Sherjawy (9-0) at Kempton 6f stk (7) pol.
Lady Hopeful (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 6, 3l behind Dodaa (9-7) at W'hampton 5f clm (6) pol in May.
Mr Rev 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, 13th of 14, 22l behind Too Grand (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (6) pol.
Naias (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden along halfway, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 18l behind Triple Axel (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stk (5) fbs in Dec.
Nordic Light (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 9th of 12, 8l behind Stargazy (8-7) at W'hampton 7f app stk (7) pol.
Stoneacre Donny (IRE) 66-1 (8-1) Steadied start, held up last, pulled hard, lost touch 3f out, soon ridden and struggling over 2f out, never a factor, last of 5, 14l behind Mutamared (9-5) at Kempton 6f clm (6) pol.
Stormburst (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 6l behind Stargazy (8-7) at W'hampton 7f app stk (7) pol.
Tagula Sands (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Behind, ridden and outpaced 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 12, 17l behind Samson Quest (9-0) at Lingfield 1m stk (7) pol.