Squad is 9lb higher than when winning at Kempton in October but that didn't stop him from going close at the same track last time and he should be in the mix again. Sherman McCoy is not out of this either as he's on a winning mark if staying the longer trip while Ginger Fizz could also figure on her handicap debut. THE ABSENT MARE finished a lot closer at Kempton last month on only her second start since April and Robin Dickin's charge should be spot on now. She gets the vote ahead of Nashville, lightly-raced and expected to improve for today's extra distance.
Sherman McCoy 7-1 (9-0) Soon led, headed narrowly over 8f out, led again over 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Stand Guard (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Squad 20-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 1l behind Gabrial's King (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Ginger Fizz 22-1 (9-6) Raced wide close up, led after 4f, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Thecornishcockney (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Golan Guy (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden in 10th and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 36l behind Harrison's Cave (9-2) at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 sft in Oct '11.
The Absent Mare 12-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 5l behind Gabrial's King (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Brilliant Barca 11-1 (8-8) Raced wide in mid-division, ridden and lost place over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 11, 24l behind Rasheed (9-6) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Benartic (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Close up, ridden and headway over 3f out, plugged on final 2f, 4th of 9, 17l behind Irish Jugger (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Ninfea (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 7th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Caunay 11-1 (10-2) Chased leaders to over 4f out, soon behind, 13th of 15, 24l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Nashville (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along 7f out, ridden over 2f out, edged right and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Stunning View (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Murphy (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) In rear, headway 3f out, soon chased leaders, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 5l behind Roughlyn (9-6) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Za'lan (USA) 13-2 (8-9) Led at steady pace, quickened over 3f out, headed inside final 3f, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 7, 9l behind The Oil Magnate (10-0) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.