Jodawes, Lou Bear and Caracal are the ones that catch the eye here, with Jodawes perhaps the pick on form, and he gets the vote. This is a tricky contest, and with the Mark Johnston yard in such good form, Caracal, having only raced twice, merits serious consideration. He was well held in fourth on his last start in a little Newcastle auction maiden, and he needs to improve on that here. Lou Bear stepped up on previous form when beaten only two lengths over this course and distance last time, and a reproduction of that run, on only his third start, or indeed further improvement, can see him hit the frame here. Jodawes finished only a length and a quarter ahead of Lou Bear recently, but that was only his second run and he looks progressive. Jodawes can make it third time lucky.
Caracal 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Bahamian Music (8-6) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gs in Jul.
Edinburgh Knight (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 17l behind Arabian Pride (9-3) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.
Heliocentric Galileo colt out of Yding.
Jodawes (USA) 5-2 (8-10) Tracked leader, effort 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Ginger Grey (8-10) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Lou Bear (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, slightly outpaced over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 8, 2l behind Ginger Grey (8-10) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Securitisation (IRE) 125-1 (9-3) Chased leaders for 3f, 10th of 13, 23l behind Rashaad (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Bibiana Bay 100-1 (8-12) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 24l behind Burghley (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Dreamacha 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, outpaced 2f out, plugged on one pace after, 7th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Il Forno (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Eywa Mark Of Esteem filly out of Engulfed.
Just Say Please 50-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, soon outpaced, 7th of 9, 11l behind Arry's Orse (8-11) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Madame Bonaparte (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, lost place over 2f out, 6th of 7, 17l behind Greyfriarschorista (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
Merals Choice 20-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Highland Bridge (8-8) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
Single Lady Beat Hollow filly out of Breathing Space.
Trelicia Tobougg filly out of Francia.