Lionrock scored on his handicap debut over C&D last month but this looks tougher with a couple of the opposition open to plenty of improvement. Subtle Embrace is one, as she won her maiden at Chepstow in August and a 7lb claimer helps her cause today, but a chance is taken on CLASSIC FALCON. She improved with every start last season and a big run is expected on her handicap bow with Paul Hanagan picking up the ride. Derivatives performed her usual trick of running well without winning when second at Wolverhampton last time with Chester'slittlegem just behind and she looks booked for a place once again.
Lionrock (FR) 5-2 (9-4) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar beating Scouting For Girls (8-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Khazium (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, pushed along 4f out, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no impression when weakened to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-4) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Sep.
Xinbama (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Fiction Or Fact (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Justbookies Dotnet 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, pressing leader when carried wide bend 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 6l behind Dishy Guru (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Derivatives (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Held up in rear in touch, driven and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Ghost Train (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f Stakes (0-70) (3yo) (5) pol in Mar.
Chester'slittlegem (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, effort to chase winner inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Ghost Train (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f Stakes (0-70) (3yo) (5) pol in Mar.
Subtle Embrace (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) In touch far side, ridden over 3f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 12, 30l behind Dressed In Lace (8-8) at Chepstow 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Eightfold 33-1 (8-10) Led 2f, tracked leader until ridden 2f out, weakening when hampered approaching final furlong, last of 6, 13l behind Four Better (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Welsh Royale 4-1 (9-5) Outpaced, some headway over 1f out, never threatened, 7th of 11, 8l behind Sonsie Lass (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Classic Falcon (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Lollina Paulina (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Princess Maya 6-1 (9-6) In rear, reminders 3f out, kept on, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Lana (8-9) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Tigers Tale (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Went left start, towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Regal Gold (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.