If official marks mean anything then PLUM PUDDING should win this listed contest and we'll give him the vote to do so ahead of last time out winner Six Of Hearts and Splinter Cell is given a chance after a couple of recent taking efforts. As the highest rated in the field the pick is entitled to win this racing off level weights. Moreover he has previously placed in Group Two company and the Hannon/Hughes combination should always be respected. Six Of Hearts put in a really decent performance to overcome some adverse terms to win on the polytrack at Dundalk last time. That form holds him well in this race and he also placed in this company over the summer. Splinter Cell found just one too good in a strong looking Conditions race on his last start following a win in a valuable handicap and in this race that's form that gives him every chance. Spinning is another to consider as he's on a strong run of results but with David Barron's charge needing to prove a bit of quality we side with Plum Pudding.
Alsahil (USA) 33-1 (9-2) Soon led, quickened 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Philatelist (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 4yo stk (2) pol in Jan.
Audemar (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, headway over 2f out, chased clear leader entering final furlong, closed steadily to lead final strides, won at Kempton 1m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jan beating Den's Gift (8-12) by hd, 13 ran.
Plum Pudding (IRE) 13-8fav (9-4) Led until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Beauchamp Viceroy (9-0) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in Jan.
Reve De Nuit (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden along over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Mister New York (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in Jan.
Six of Hearts 2-1fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, close up in 5th travelling well early straight, challenged between horses to lead just under 1f out, kept on well, won at Dundalk 7f stks pol in Nov beating Lord Admiral (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Spinning 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 3f out, driven and ran on strongly to snatch 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Falcativ (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Splinter Cell (USA) 10-3 (8-13) Held up in last, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Philatelist (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 4yo stk (2) pol in Jan.
Viva Vettori 3-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind We'll Come (9-11) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Yahrab (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, driven over 3f out and soon beaten, 8th of 9, 26l behind Tranquil Tiger (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Black Dahlia 14-1 (8-11) Help up towards rear, headway when not clear run well over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Dohasa (9-2) at Kempton 7f listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
Carcinetto (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Behind over 4f out, kept on from over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Vainglory (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Victoria Sponge (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, soon headway, led well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Mr Rainbow (9-1) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.