FALCON'S REIGN stands out in this contest and his starting price is likely to reflect his superiority. He finished third behind subsequent hat trick hero Roedean at Wolverhampton on last month's debut and none of today's opposition can match that form. Barristers Brief has had a couple of starts in bumpers and the half-brother to an all-weather winner could figure on his debut on the Flat, while Palmrya should have come on for her introduction at Kempton, but it's difficult to make a serious case for any of the remainder.
Barristers Brief 40-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led 5f out, headed inside final 3f, weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 17, 15l behind My Inheritance (10-9) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Jumeirah Liberty 33-1 (9-3) Led until over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Change The Subject (8-12) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Roman Flame 14-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 9, 11l behind Sail Home (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Falcon's Reign (FR) 7-2 (8-9) Mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, chased leading pair inside final furlong, held when edged left near finish, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Roedean (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Godber (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, never a factor, 5th of 7, 17l behind Safari Sunseeker (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Search And Rescue (USA) 50-1 (8-11) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 22l behind Bank On Me (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Palmyra (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Started slowly, last pair, ran green over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hill Of Dreams (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Dec.