Orchard Supreme is the clear pick on official figures but the fact that he's still to win over this trip at the age of seven will be off-putting for anyone considering a bet at short odds. We prefer the claims of TRAPHALGAR, who scored over further in a seller here two runs ago and was biting off more than he could chew in a higher grade last time. Forbidden did a little better at Wolverhampton latest but is on a long losing run, as is Transfer, while Sovereignty has never raced beyond a mile before in 89 career starts.
Orchard Supreme 7-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division and keen, headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 4th of 10, 2l behind Officer In Command (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol.
Sovereignty (JPN) 11-2fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Leelu (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Traphalgar (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Dwelt, held up in touch and keen, led 6f out, clear over 4f out, ridden and headed approaching 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 10l behind Kiss A Prince (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Forbidden (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway 2f out, hanging left when hampered and switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind New Beginning (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Transfer 11-1 (8-8) Chased leader until 3f out, stayed well there until weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 7l behind Catchanova (8-7) at Salisbury 1m all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Pinsplitter (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Led until ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Castle Myth (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (6) fbs.