FALASTEEN has been kept to the minimum trip for some time now though he's won twice over today's distance. He comes out much the same horse as October's winner Caledonia Princess on Monday's second to Blown It at Wolverhampton, but gets the vote on account of his fitness advantage. Roman Strait had Dickie Le Davoir behind when fourth over C&D last time and makes more appeal than the returning Yankee Storm, but the inconsistent Kylladdie could prove a bigger danger if in the mood as he's won three times on the Polytrack.
Caledonia Princess 16-1 (9-7) Held up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Blown It (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Falasteen (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden and no impression over 1f, stayed on to go 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Blown It (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kylladdie 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden on outside 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 8l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Yankee Storm 3-1fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Athwaab (8-0) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Clear Ice (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, every chance over 1f out until inside final furloing, no extra, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Bandstand (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Roman Strait 13-2 (9-4) Held up in touch, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 1l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dickie Le Davoir 22-1 (9-0) Behind, soon outpaced, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 4l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.