Plenty arrive with claims in a competitive contest but the three-year-old ALSHAZAH has more scope than most of these. Rod Millman's charge pulled away from his rivals in the closing stages for a cosy win at Wolverhampton last time and is fancied to follow up here despite a 5lb higher mark. Green Wadi has been raised the same amount as he bids for his hat-trick after a narrow margin victory over 1m2f at this track last month, while Bennelong and Beat Route both arrive on the back of victories in lower grade handicaps at Kempton. Reem Star is open to improvement and looks the pick of the remainder.
Dubai Bounty 11-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 20l behind Mutajare (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Pittodrie Star (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Blazing Field (8-9) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Green Wadi 13-2 (9-5) Raced wide held up, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Nibani (8-11) by hd, 12 ran.
Qaraaba 8-1 (8-13) Pulled hard in rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 15, 7l behind Askaud (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gs in Sep.
Where's Susie 25-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, strong run to 4th inside final furlong, finished well, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Spice Fair (10-1) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Alshazah 11-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Hygrove Welshlady (8-8) by 3l, 10 ran.
Reem Star 13-2 (9-1) Held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Record Breaker (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Bennelong 16-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, led 1f out, kept on towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Sand Skier (9-2) by 1l, 14 ran.
Beat Route 4-1fav (8-12) In touch, headway over 1f out, soon led, ridden and ran on, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Brigadoon (9-10) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Strike Force 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, never on terms, 8th of 13, 7l behind Chosen Forever (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Dazzling Valentine 10-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 3f out, well held by leaders over 1f out, 4th of 10, 10l behind Appeal (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.