BERTIE BLU BOY bounced back to form when scoring at 16/1 over C&D last time. He's up 6lb for that but won off a much higher mark last year and can go in again. Another C&D winner, Storm Runner, ran well back at this track last time in a higher grade handicap and can figure along with Gallantry, a recent winner over 7f at Kempton but equally at home over today's trip. Menadati started joint-favourite on his latest outing and is looking to make amends after only finishing a modest fifth while Fonterutoli is also better than his latest run suggests.
Menadati (USA) 4-1fav (9-4) Missed break, in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 13, 6l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Temuco (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, lost place 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 5l behind Idol Deputy (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f app hcp (6) pol.
Jumbo Prado (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 17l behind Lordhighprotector (8-11) at Listowel 7f 3yo mdn aut hvy in Sep.
Community (USA) 20-1 (9-1) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Daniel Thomas (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Gallantry 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to close over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating See The Storm (9-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, alwayds behind, last of 10, 9l behind Teide Peak (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Storm Runner (IRE) 2-1fav (8-1) Mid-division on inside, headway inside final 2f, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on until headed and not pace of winner final 50 yards, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Honey Of A Kitten (8-10) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Strategic Action (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Glastonberry (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Macy Anne (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Raced wide held up, headway over 4f out, chased leader over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 18l behind Reasons Unknown (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bertie Blu Boy 16-1 (8-7) Made most, 4 lengths clear 2f out, ridden out, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Flamborough Breeze (9-2) by 4l, 9 ran.
Back For Tea (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Held up in 5th, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Ishi (8-12) at Lingfield 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.