The drop back to 6f should suit BRETHERTON, just touched off by Bint Malyana over an extra furlong at Wolverhampton last time and he's marginally preferred to Ex Ex. Nick Littmoden's four-year-old is a big danger, however, as he also drops back a furlong after his latest second at Wolverhampton and has only been beaten a length on two previous tries over 6f. Unless Avondrea, making a belated debut, is above average, it's difficult to see any of the others getting involved.
Avondream Avonbridge gelding out of Amazing Dream.
Ex Ex 5-2 (9-5) Raced keenly, held up in 3rd, effort over 2f out, went 2nd and ridden 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Love Excel (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Sun And Stars 11-1 (8-13) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 10l behind Boris The Bold (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Vermuyden 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 12l behind Dutiful Son (9-5) at Kempton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Highway United (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd over 5f out until well over 2f out, weakened 2f out, soon behind, 9th of 10, 38l behind Unscripted (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Miss Glorioso 66-1 (8-5) Always towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 34l behind Four Winds (8-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Bretherton 7-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led and hung left from over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, nk behind Bint Malyana (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Minnie Miracle 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and hampered start, towards rear and never on terms, last of 12, 24l behind Quiet Warrior (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.