A quality handicap in which GLOW STAR is narrowly preferred to come out on top. Gary Moore's gelding caught the eye last time out at the track when staying on well over seven furlongs. That was his best run since coming across from South Africa and with the step up in trip in his favour he should run well. Red Somerset bounced back to form in a claimer but needs to improve, Orchard Supreme runs this track well but still looks a tad high in the weights, whilst Samarinda is much better on the all-weather but his mark reflects that and he is opposed. Carcinetto is a game mare but she is granted no slack by the handicapper due to her consistency and tendency to run well in Listed company. Of more interest then is Falcativ who drops in grade and this course winner has run well after a break before; after 125 days off he looks a major factor. Spitfire tries the visor, Den's Gift is edging back down to a decent mark, whilst a similar comment applies to L'Hirondelle. Course and distance winner Hawaana is yet another to consider in a very open race, however it is Glow Star who is nominated.
Carcinetto (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 9, 7l behind Elna Bright (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Samarinda (USA) 16-1 (9-8) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, headway when not clear run over 1f out, squeezed through, no extra when eased inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Kiwi Bay (9-6) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Orchard Supreme 8-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 9l behind Elna Bright (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Glow Star (SAF) 9-2 (9-0) Raced wide, held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, ran on final furlong to take 3rd final strides, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sirocco Breeze (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Oct.
Red Somerset (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden and edged right and every chance from over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Appalachian Trail (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Falcativ 5-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, switched far side 7f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 13l behind Broomielaw (9-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Spitfire 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 3f out, went moderate 4th 2f out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 14l behind Black Eagle (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Den's Gift (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leader to 3f out, remained prominent, switched right and hard ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mujood (9-5) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
L'Hirondelle (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, hung badly right over 1f out, headed just inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Mr Willis (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Hawaana (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 6l behind Mr Willis (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.