Squirrel Wood scored over track and trip three weeks ago and should go close again. But FONTERUTOLI was beaten less than a length in second and is 8lb better off today with an apprentice's allowance taken into account. Roger Ingram's charge gets the vote to come out best on this occasion. Skidby Mill won here last month but never figured off today's mark on her latest start while Prince Of Burma was well beaten last time having landed a gamble over 7f here earlier. Uncle Dermot won in soft ground at Yarmouth in October and can race off a lower mark back on the Polytrack.
Prince Of Burma (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 8l behind Keene (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Bold Ring 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 7l behind Sugarformyhoney (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Mafi (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along towards rear, some moderate headway inside final furlong, never involved, 10th of 13, 12l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Sea Soldier (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Awkward leaving stalls, held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Bowstar (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
South Cape 10-1 (9-2) Slowly away, behind, some progress over 1f out, never involved, 6th of 9, 7l behind Bloodsweatandtears (9-2) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Ted's Brother (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Dear Maurice 33-1 (8-13) In touch on outside, pushed along inside final 3f, ridden and weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 10l behind Stormbound (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Club House (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Kuanyao (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Squirrel Wood (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Close up, quickened to lead just inside final furlong, soon pressed, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Fonterutoli (9-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, ran on but always held, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Skidby Mill (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, hung badly left from 2f out, ended on near side rail and kept on final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 14, 9l behind Pretty Bubbles (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Ermyntrude 8-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 25l behind Anginola (9-10) at Brighton 1m 4f sell hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug.