GRENDISAR just failed to catch the winner on his handicap debut over C&D last month and Marco Botti's colt can go one better and open his account in this. Candyman Can also ran well on his latest start at Wolverhampton and should be thereabouts on his handicap bow while Run It Twice also has claims if lasting home over today's longer trip. Abraq steps back up in distance although he'll need to improve on his earlier attempt at Kempton if he's to figure while Inessa Armand makes most appeal of Stan Moore's two runners with Fergus Sweeney abandoning Rakticate.
Abraq 14-1 (9-2) Soon held up towards rear, ridden inside final 2f, moderate headway inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Jodies Jem (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Run It Twice (IRE) 3-1 (8-10) Held up 4th, headway to 3rd over 1f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Club House (8-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Grendisar (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Dwelt in touch towards rear, not clear run from over 2f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, driven and stayed on towards finish, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Paddy's Saltantes (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Candyman Can (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) In touch, headway to track leaders 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Magika (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Bubbly Bailey 9-2 (9-6) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind Blazeofenchantment (9-4) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Rakticate (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 5th of 11, 8l behind Pairumani Prince (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Inessa Armand (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Led 1f, remained prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 8l behind Smileswithhiseyes (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.