Ocean Legend has claims on his recent second in a claimer at Kempton. But collateral form suggests POLAR KITE has the beating of him on his latest fourth over track and trip. Paul Morgan's charge is also preferred to Kuanyao, who landed a handicap over course and distance on his penultimate start. Goal remains badly out of sorts while Hillbilly Boy is usually thereabouts but has a bit to find at the weights.
Cantor 8-1 (9-4) Pushed up to go prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 15l behind Emperatriz (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Goal (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch on outside, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 18l behind Tatting (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Kuanyao (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 10, 2l behind Absolutely So (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Greensward 16-1 (9-1) In rear and outpaced, 9th of 11, 11l behind Powerful Pierre (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Prominent, led well over 1f out, soon hung left under pressure, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Ocean Applause (9-3) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Chased leaders in 4th, smooth headway on outside over 2f out, led inside final 2f, shaken up and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Capaill Liath (9-4) at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
Polar Kite (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly away, in touch, stayed on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Naabegha (9-5) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Larghetto (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 3l behind Perfect Haven (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.