Alfred Hutchinson beat Emerald Wilderness a length over track and trip recently while Chookie Royale only found subsequent Listed winner Prince Alzain too good at Wolverhampton last time. But Georgian Bay has plenty to find on today's terms and Grey Mirage is looking to make amends having failed to land the odds at Kempton last month. Robin Hoods Bay showed progressive form last year but will find the mile trip short enough on his return, which leaves GALICIAN with an excellent chance. Mark Johnston's mare is well treated on today's terms and can follow up her recent victory over course and distance where she beat three previous winners in a hot handicap.
Alfred Hutchinson 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec beating Well Painted (8-6) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Chookie Royale 2-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, pulled hard and soon restrained towards rear, switched right and headway over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Prince Alzain (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Nov.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Alfred Hutchinson (8-9) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Dec.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon tracking leaders, went 3rd going well over 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, ns behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Grey Mirage 4-6fav (9-4) Soon prominent, with leader, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Mont Ras (9-4) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
Robin Hoods Bay 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, effort on wide outside and plugged on inside final furlong, never a threat, 6th of 10, 8l behind Prince Bishop (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Sep.
Galician 2-1fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, led approaching final 2f, soon 3 lengths clear, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec beating Loyalty (8-8) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.