This year's Wokingham hero, DANDY BOY was last seen finishing fourth to Society Rock in the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock in September. A repeat of either of those efforts would be good enough to win this and the Irish raider gets the nod. Pandar is a bit of a dark horse as his three wins in Italy are hard to assess and he's having only his second start for Robert Cowell. Ballista and Capone have been in fine form in handicaps and it's doubtful we've seen the best of Hezmah yet as he was compromised by the soft ground at Newmarket last time. The consistent Artistic Jewel is capable of going close at this level and, if at his best, Iver Bridge Lad should be in the mix.
Fratellino 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders stand side group, weakened halfway, 13th of 20, 7l behind Doc Hay (8-11) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Ballista (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Led far side group, no chance with stands side when headed over 1f out, well beaten final furlong, 18th of 21, 21l behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Burj Alzain (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Tracked leading pair, effort over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd and held towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Belgian Bill (8-11) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (4) pol.
Capone (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 2f out, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Society Rock (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep.
Iver Bridge Lad (8-11) 8th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Myasun (8-11) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 6f Grp 3 (1) hvy.
Pandar (9-3) 7th of 14, 10l behind Sabratah (8-13) at Chantilly(FR) 5f Listed stks sft in Oct.
Secret Asset (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) 16th of 18, 12l behind Wizz Kid (9-7) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Artistic Jewel (IRE) 6-4fav (8-12) Set steady pace, ridden and tried to quicken over 1f out, soon headed and kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Lui Rei (8-4) at Yarmouth 6f cond Stakes (3) gf in Sep.
Duchess Dora (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Steadied and switched left start, took keen hold, held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Hezmah (9-1) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Hezmah 11-4fav (8-13) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, edged left and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Swiss Dream (9-2) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Ladies Are Forever 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 19, 6l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.