Swehan got off the mark when stepped up to 1m2f here and makes his handicap debut. Aqua Ardens has been threatening to get his head back in front but remains 6lb higher than when landing a double at Brighton during the summer. LEITRIM PASS is preferred as he drops back to a mile given the Haggas charge finished a close-up second at Doncaster the last time he raced over today's trip. Both of Menelik's earlier victories came over 7f while dual course and distance winner Wilfred Pickles' losing streak now stretches back to 2011.
The Tichborne (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Novellen Lad (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Leitrim Pass (USA) 4-5fav (9-1) Set strong pace, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 3, 22l behind Correggio (8-6) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Swehan (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Close up, pushed along to chase leader over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Wilhana (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Aqua Ardens (GER) 7-2 (9-6) Close up, headway and wide into straight 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Eurystheus (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-72 (5) pol in Nov.
Wilfred Pickles (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Sugarformyhoney (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Gabrial's Wawa 16-1 (9-4) Prominent, took keen hold, effort 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Wandsworth (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Menelik (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Behind, ridden inside final 2f, kept on final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 9, 9l behind Two No Bids (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
It's My Time 7-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on well closing stages, never reached leaders, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Keene (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Bloodsweatandtears 14-1 (9-3) Held up in last trio, headway on outside and driven over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 7th of 11, 5l behind Miguel Grau (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mafi (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along towards rear, some moderate headway inside final furlong, never involved, 10th of 13, 12l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.