Plenty with claims in a wide-open affair. The consistent Sigurwana looks sure to be in the mix again and Poetic Lord is not easily dismissed on his best form. Sandown winner SHEILA'S BUDDY went close again off a higher mark at Windsor last time and she gets the vote having won over C&D early this year. The hard-pulling Aegaeus, Easter Diva and Miss Blakeney can all be given a chance on their latest placed efforts and Caitlin is another lightly-raced sort who could figure.
Aegaeus 9-4fav (9-5) Pulled hard in rear, rapid headway on outside over 5f out, soon pressing leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 10, 5l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Poetic Lord 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, driven over 3f out, ridden and effort inside final 2f, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Anya (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Sheila's Buddy 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Layali Dubai (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Aquilonius (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Soon led, hung left and awkward on bend halfway, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ashdown Lad (8-7) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo clm (4) gf in Sep.
Sigurwana (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Led, headed 8f out, prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Miss Dashwood (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.
Caitlin 11-2 (8-12) Led 5f, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 29l behind Mawhub (9-3) at Newmarket 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Kelpie Blitz (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Layali Dubai (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Berwin (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, edged left and headway well over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Beat Route (9-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Easter Diva (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Chatterer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.
Minstrels Gallery (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Behind, switched outside over 3f out, soon outpaced, weakened 2f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Anya (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Miss Blakeney 9-2 (8-12) In touch on outside, effort 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Shea (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Switched sharply left soon after start, in rear, headway when not clear run 1f out, eased when no impression close home, 8th of 12, 3l behind Lean On Pete (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.