Fiftshadesfreed is a course and distance winner and finished ahead of both Charleys Angel and Royal Bushida when fifth back at this track last week. He should be in the mix once again. Drinkuptrig hasn't shown much progress in four starts and never threatened off a slightly higher mark on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton, though MERSAD should be capable of better. He'll be sharper for a recent return from a lay-off and goes handicapping for the first time with jockey Luke Morris boasting a fine strike rate for James Tate's yard.
Mersad (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never a threat, 6th of 9, 6l behind My Target (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Fiftyshadesfreed (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Mid-division, not much room and switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3l behind Starlight Princess (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Drinkuptrig (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind More Aspen (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Elite Freedom (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 10, 3l behind Gower Princess (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Solent Lad (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, led, headed over 5f out, ridden 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 11th of 12, 12l behind Tides Reach (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Royal Bushida 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden and not much room over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Starlight Princess (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Charleys Angel 25-1 (8-1) Took keen hold, made most until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Starlight Princess (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Trinity Lorraine (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Poetic Choice (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.