Signora Frasi went close at Kempton last time and has strong claims but PRECISION FIVE wasn't far behind in fourth. The latter has more scope for improvement and is taken to add to last year's victory at Lingfield. Safwaan has been in fine form at Wolverhampton and this is no tougher than the seller he won last month and there was little to separate Fonterutoli and Strategic Action here last time, though neither looked like winning. Reasons Unknown made a successful raid across from Ireland last month and High 'n Dry has slipped down the weights.
Signora Frasi (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, good headway when not clear run and switched right to inside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final 100 yards and closed, not quite get up, 2nd of 14, nk behind Aegean King (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Safwaan 5-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, led close home, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Selling Handicap (0-60) (3yo+) (6) pol in Dec beating Royal Sea (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 11, 2l behind Storm Runner (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Love Pegasus (USA) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 4l behind Norwegian Reward (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Leitrim King (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 7th of 13, 21l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Mutanaker 25-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, never involved, 12th of 13, 20l behind Bahri Sheen (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Strategic Action (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Towards rear, late headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Storm Runner (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
The New Black (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, some late headway, never a factor, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Whispering Warrior (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Reasons Unknown (IRE) 11-1 (8-8) Held up, headway on outer over 1f out, soon led, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Chasin' Rainbows (8-13) by nk, 12 ran.
High 'n Dry (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, pressed winner entering final furlong, stayed on well, 2nd of 5, nk behind Priestley's Reward (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Sangrail 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Honky Tonk Queen (9-0) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Precision Five 11-2fav (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Aegean King (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Brave Decision 16-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, hard driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Norwegian Reward (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Connishka 12-1 (8-4) Outpaced towards rear, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 7l behind Daniel Thomas (9-7) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.