ZAFEEN'S PEARL can boast the best recent form of this modest bunch and is taken to return to winning ways. She came unstuck when runner-up at Wolverhampton last time but had won with plenty in hand over C&D before that and is well drawn for a repeat. Pha Mai Blue stands a better chance in this company than he did on his recent reappearance and El Libertador is returning to form judged on his latest third at Wolverhampton. Mr Chocolate Drop needs to improve, however, and Yakama has a bad draw once again.
French Art 12-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 7, 23l behind The Lock Master (9-5) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Zafeen's Pearl 5-4fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, soon headed, one pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Justcallmehandsome (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Pha Mai Blue 7-1 (8-12) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, never a factor, last of 7, 8l behind Fivefold (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Went right and bumped start, took keen hold in mid-division, headway 4f out, led well over 1f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Rubenstar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Munich (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, pushed along and not much room over 2f out, and again 1f out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 12l behind Rustic Deacon (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Vezere (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Pushed along over 3f out, always towards rear, 9th of 12, 7l behind Shared Moment (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
El Libertador (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Rubenstar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Scruffy Skip (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 7l behind Piccolo Express (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Sunset Place 50-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, driven 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 8l behind Piano (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Lennie Briscoe (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 36l behind Business Class (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Sep '09.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and not clear run over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 5l behind Pilgrim Dancer (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Yakama (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders on outer and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 12l behind West Leake (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.