C&D winner Classically went close to landing his fifth win at this track on his penultimate start, though he's a little in and out and was well beaten at Wolverhampton last time. SAND SKIER finished well ahead of him in that race and has since gone close on a couple of occasions, notably when running into all sorts of trouble back at Wolverhampton last week. He's given a chance to make amends here and is preferred to Lisahane Bog, who is up 8lb for an easy win in poor handicap over C&D last time. Hurricane Spirit had Understory behind at Lingfield last month and is another to consider along with Ela Gonda Mou.
Classically (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 11l behind Amoya (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Sakhee's Pearl 5-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3l behind Al Aqabah (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Understory (USA) 18-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led 8f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 12, 3l behind Green Wadi (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Lisahane Bog 4-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, left in clear lead on inside 2f out, driven and in no danger over 1f out, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Abigails Angel (9-3) by 6l, 12 ran.
Sand Skier 3-1fav (8-12) Led over 1f, chased leader until over 8f out, stayed chasing leaders until lost place over 3f out, rallied on outside hung left and went 3rd over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Dark Dune (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hurricane Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Slowly away, keen towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Green Wadi (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Ela Gonda Mou 4-5fav (8-10) Made all and keen, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Thackeray (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Megalala (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 13l behind Bennelong (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.