Bumper winner Cityar and Vivarini, a three-time winner over hurdles, make their debuts on the Flat with the latter arriving in the best form. Zafranagar has also won over timber but has something to find on his previous efforts on the level and WILD GEESE is preferred. Well beaten on last month's hurdling debut, John Portman's charge had shown progress in three starts on the Flat before that, however, culminating in a decent second at Newcastle in September. New Den looks the one most likely to chase him home having been placed on his three starts.
Cityar (FR) 66-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, jumped right 1st, mistake 3rd, well beaten well fell 3 out, in a race won by Colleoni (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Pedasus (USA) 33-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 22l behind Mister Frosty (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Vivarini 8-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway 7th, tracked leaders next, challenged winner 2 out, every chance when dived at last, driven and just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Kilcrea Kim (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Zafranagar (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, moderate headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mister Frosty (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
New Den 9-1 (9-3) Led, hard ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Mister Frosty (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Wild Geese (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon every chance, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Tarooq (9-8) at Newcastle 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Little Roxy (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Held up, pushed along over 4f out, soon struggling, last of 9, 18l behind Dubai Storming (8-5) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb '09.
Polly's Instinct 50-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear and soon pushed along, lost place from 3f out, last of 5, 30l behind Erinjay (9-3) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) std.