SINCHIROKA won with a stack in hand over a shorter trip last time and Ralph Smith's charge remains on a decent mark compared to his best form. He gets the nod ahead of Sweet Liberta, who scored at Kempton a week ago and should make another bold bid despite a penalty. Asia Minor showed a big improvement on her handicap bow behind Norwegian Reward, who runs in the previous race, and may figure but Cairanne has plenty to find with the selection and Neil's Pride remains without a win.
Sinchiroka (FR) 9-1 (9-6) Led 2f, led again inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Golan Heights (9-4) by 4l, 8 ran.
El Libertador (USA) 8-1 (8-7) Raced wide, took keen hold towards rear, steady headway 4f out, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 8, 7l behind Stentorian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sweet Liberta (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, led final 120 yards, kept on, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Tinkerbell Will (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Asterales 40-1 (9-12) In rear, headway on outer 8f out, ridden and lost place 4f out, 10th of 11, 17l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Mariet 10-1 (9-3) Awakward leaving stalls, always towards rear, never involved, 10th of 13, 24l behind Coup De Grace (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Asia Minor (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, hampered and lost place over 8f out, soon chased leaders again, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Norwegian Reward (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Neil's Pride 10-1 (8-8) Led 1f, remained prominent, outpaced 3f out, headway over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tram Express (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Cairanne 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Sinchiroka (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Rachael's Ruby 66-1 (8-4) Keen mid-division, weakened over 5f out, 12th of 13, 24l behind Marmas (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Dubai Story 50-1 (8-12) Ridden forward, soon led and 5 lengths clear, headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, 5th of 7, 18l behind Sporting Gold (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol.