Only a short-head separated Aquilifer and Hereford Boy when the former scored over C&D in November. However, the latter has since reversed running and it's anybody's guess who'll come out best today. It could pay to look elsewhere in the shape of PERFECT MISSION as he finally got off the mark in a maiden at Wolverhampton last month. He should improve on his earlier efforts in handicaps now he's got his head in front so Andrew Balding's charge gets the nod. None of the remainder make much appeal with Muhandis perhaps the best of those.
Aquarian Spirit 14-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 15th of 16, 19l behind Kiwi Bay (9-4) at Redcar 1m hcp (3) gf in Oct.
My Kingdom (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 8l behind Tarooq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Aquilifer (IRE) (9-6) 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Olynthos (8-9) at Deauville(FR) 7f clm stks fbs.
Hereford Boy 8-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 7l behind Aerodynamic (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Perfect Mission 2-5fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Frosty Friday (8-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Muhandis (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Always in rear, 9th of 10, 7l behind Triple Charm (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Baby Dottie 11-1 (8-3) Raced wide held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 4l behind Baldemar (9-5) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.