RIVAS RHAPSODY remains unbeaten having won on her handicap debut over 6f here last month. Her narrow margin victory may be better form than it looks on paper as she was left with plenty of ground to make up in the closing stages and Ian Wood's filly can follow-up. Dangers abound, however, as recent Lingfield winner Forks should go well again and Chookie Avon arrives in fine form. There was little between Tislaam and Sermons Mount over C&D last time when they finished second and third respectively, but Mishriff looks too high in the weights now.
Mishrif (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 12, 5l behind Gritstone (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Sermons Mount (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, went 3rd well over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, finished well, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Serena's Pride 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, short of room over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Main Beach (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Smoky Cloud (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, last of 10, 17l behind Lujeanie (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Al Aqabah (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Pulled hard, held up, headway on outside to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Scottish Glen 12-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, took shared 3rd close home, never nearer, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Bahamian Lad (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Tislaam (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Led at steady pace, quickened over 2f out, kept narrow advantage when joined 2f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Aldermoor (USA) 9-2fav (9-1) Behind, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Titus Gent (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Regency Art (IRE) 17-2 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 13l behind Chokidar (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Forks 10-1 (9-0) In touch, effort over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov beating Chokidar (9-6) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Chookie Avon 4-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, just held towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Berbice (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Malpas Missile (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Numeral (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Rivas Rhapsody (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Went left and slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched left and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov beating Speak The Truth (9-1) by hd, 9 ran.
Mary's Pet 100-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 12th of 14, 12l behind Forks (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.