Where's Reiley has plenty in his favour apart from the surface. He's clear on official ratings and should get a good tow round from GRUDGE but he's done all his recent winning on the Fibresand at Southwell. In contrast, the latter has won five times on Polytrack and, as he arrives in good form after going close at Kempton last time, Conor Dore's charge gets a tentative vote here. It's difficult to make a serious case for any of the remaining trio on today's terms and it will be a big surprise if they can trouble the principals.
Grudge 20-1 (9-1) Led, ridden over 1f out, ran on until no extra and headed and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind The Strig (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Where's Reiley (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Always in rear, last of 11, 10l behind Mount Hollow (8-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Nov.
Evening Pinot 33-1 (8-12) Towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 10l behind Poppy (8-12) at Kempton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Force To Spend 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, switched right soon after start, behind, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lucky Royale (9-0) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Lady Royal Oak (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Awkward start, pulled hard in rear, headway halfway, soon weakened, last of 11, 19l behind Cheherazad (8-12) at Lingfield 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.