A tight race where Hulcote Rose can go well under Richard Hughes after running a good race off this mark at Kempton recently. Overall, though, his form is a bit in and out so a better bet looks to be ANNE OF KIEV. The mare has run well off 1lb higher the last twice, behind some well handicapped runners, so with this looking slightly easier on paper she has a good chance. Elhamri didn't have a smooth passage but still won well last time so a 4lb mark rise might not stop a big run while Opus Dei was only just denied on his return from a break so now that bit fitter for the run should show more again. A few in with chances but Anne Of Kiev looks marginally the best.
Anne of Kiev (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, headway over 1f out, ran on inside furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 12, 4l behind Piscean (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Al Gillani (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, soon under pressure and weakened, 7th of 11, 11l behind Green Park (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Tony The Tap 20-1 (7-13) Raced stands side, in rear, never near leaders, 8th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Masamah (9-1) at Ascot 5f hcap (2) gf in Jul.
Quasi Congaree (GER) 16-1 (9-1) In touch, effort 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 13l behind Green Park (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Freddie's Girl (USA) 9-1 (9-8) Led and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Hatta Stream (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Hulcote Rose (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway final furlong and edged left, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Piddie's Power (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, ridden and outpaced 2f out, no chance after, eased towards finish, 8th of 10, 5l behind Freddie's Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Elhamri 6-1 (9-6) Close up when hampered and lost place on inside after 1f, mid-division, headway on inside well over 1f out, ridden to lead narrowly inside final furlong, driven and edged right well inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Frequency (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
Hinton Admiral 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 10, 7l behind Dubai Media (9-8) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Opus Dei 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Pose (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Mogok Ruby 16-1 (9-10) Awkward start, held up in rear, never a factor, last of 14, 31l behind Titus Gent (9-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Mango Music 5-1 (9-0) With leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, lost place inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 14, 8l behind Magic Cat (9-0) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.