LOYAL ROYAL was beaten only a head over C&D last month. A 4lb rise doesn't help but that's the best piece of recent form on offer and he gets the speculative vote. Strategic Action has a bit to find with the selection on latest running but should be thereabouts once again along with Nine Before Ten. Spartic drops down a grade which could see him finish closer and Chjimes is still capable of winning at this level when in the mood. Lucky Mark looks best of the remainder.
Bailadeira 18-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders in rear far side trio, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 12, 11l behind M J Woodward (8-12) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Sextons House (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders weakened halfway, soon eased, last of 19, 40l behind Desert Creek (9-1) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, headway on inner 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 12, hd behind Demoiselle Bond (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Oct.
Spartic 40-1 (8-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 10th of 13, 3l behind Scottish Lake (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Chjimes (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 11th of 13, 11l behind Gung Ho Jack (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Lucky Mark (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Spitfire (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs.
Frock (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Broke well enough, soon in rear, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Beauchamp Castle (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, faded over 1f out, 10th of 19, 14l behind Fama Mac (9-2) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Kings 'n Dreams 66-1 (8-7) Chased leaders over 3f, last of 14, 15l behind Magic Secret (9-5) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Strategic Action (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Demoiselle Bond (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Oct.
Glastonberry 4-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Elegant Muse (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Nine Before Ten (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Prominent, led inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra close home, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Angelo Poliziano (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.