ISHIKAWA has put a couple of good runs together, finishing runner-up over C&D before another good effort at Wolverhampton last time. He's just preferred to Wordiness, lightly raced and placed on his recent return from a layoff. Manomine and Elsie Bay are usually thereabouts at this level without winning and Made Of More may do better on his handicap debut. Thecornishcowboy had been holding his form well before a below par effort last time and is another to consider.
Evergreen Forest (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, kept on final furlong, never a threat, 10th of 13, 11l behind Having A Ball (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Ishikawa (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up towards finish, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Tis Rock 'n' Roll (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Zenarinda 7-1 (9-2) In touch on inside, not clear run over 1f out, found little when in the clear inside final furlong, plugged on, 7th of 14, 7l behind Bert The Alert (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Wordiness 6-1 (8-10) Chased leaders until outpaced over 2f out, headway on outside and hung left over 1f out, stayed on well in closing stages, unable to reach leading duo, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Outlaw Torn (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Burns Night 17-2 (8-13) Dwelt pushed along in rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 13, 14l behind No Dominion (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Oct.
Resplendent Alpha 25-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 7f out, went 2nd over 4f out until over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Royal Etiquette (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Lady Arabella (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) In touch, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 7l behind Chatterer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Oct.
Strike Force 22-1 (9-7) Held up, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat to leading pair, 5th of 12, 8l behind Badea (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lady Barastar (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Just When (8-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Manomine 2-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Porcini (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Made Of More 14-1 (9-3) Led 1f, keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Hanseatic (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Elsie Bay 15-2 (9-1) Chased winner, ridden over 3f out, no real impression final 2f, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Thecornishcowboy 12-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Tis Rock 'n' Roll (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked leader until ridden over 2f out , weakened final furlong, last of 11, 10l behind Chrissycross (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.