A few of these have solid claims, not least recent C&D winners Al's Memory and Flavius Victor. The former's victory here on Thursday looks the stronger form but Stepturn scored over 6f at the track last month and has something to prove over this extra furlong. Paperetto and Cyflymder were both placed on their latest starts as was SUNSHINE ALWAYS, but the latter's recent second came in a higher grade contest over C&D and he gets the vote to go one better today.
Khajaaly (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, effort 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Living Leader (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cyflymder (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) With leader, led over 2f out, soon hard pressed, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Storm Runner (8-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Al's Memory (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leader, led over 2f out, soon hung right, hard ridden inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Muhandis (9-1) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Flavius Victor (IRE) 6-5fav (9-3) Held up in touch in rear, headway when hung right and ran wide bend into straight 2f out, edged left and led approaching final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating The Mongoose (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on same pace towards finish, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Silverware (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Wordismybond 16-1 (8-7) Prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 4l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Stepturn 5-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, rallied inside final furlong to regain lead near finish, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Lastkingofscotland (9-6) by nk, 9 ran.
Paperetto 9-2 (8-11) Trcked leaders, effort over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Rubenstar (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 10, 28l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Buxton 20-1 (9-1) Behnd, never nearer, 8th of 14, 6l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.