Canadian Run scored over track and trip in September but a 9lb rise proved beyond him on his recent reappearance. Lionheart won twice over shorter trips for Luca Cumani last year and has his first start for a new yard while Patriotic has to race off a higher mark back on the Polytrack on his return to action. The Tichborne is upped in class having won here last month and Emkanaat went close over 7f at this track at the same meeting. But top weight VEERAYA makes most appeal on his latest third in a tougher handicap than this over course and distance and Julia Feilden's charge gets the nod.
Veeraya 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway 1f out, stayed on inside final furong, went 3rd final 110 yards, not reach front pair, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Canadian Run (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Indian Jack (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Lionheart 16-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Hoodna (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Patriotic (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Never on terms, 13th of 19, 13l behind Cosmic Halo (9-4) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
First Post (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) In touch, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 4th of 5, 8l behind Frontier Fighter (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Rebellious Guest 9-2 (9-7) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Noble Citizen (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Emkanaat 12-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, never nearer, 4th of 12, 3/4l behind Oblitereight (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
The Tichborne (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Aqua Ardens (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.