Plenty of untapped potential in this finale. Paul Nicholls trained the winner three years ago and French import Vago Collonges could be anything. The well-bred Pure Science was surprisingly allowed to start at 5/1 on his debut at Warwick but won easily and looks a nice prospect while Caledonia and Killyglass already boast decent form. Seedling looks a certain improver but we'll stick with OSCAR ROCK, who is well-regarded and showed a very willing attitude to get off the mark under Rules over course and distance in November. There was no fluke about Cabaret Girl's win at Huntingdon and she may be best of the rest.
Caledonia 11-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, pressing winner entering final furlong, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Fine Rightly (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Guanciale 6-1 (11-2) With leaders, led 3f out, came clear final 2f, kept on strongly, won at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan beating Mighty Mobb (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Killyglass (IRE) 10-3fav (11-11) Mid-division, 6th halfway, went 3rd 4f out, headway to lead approaching straight, asserted 1f out and kept on well, easily, won at Wexford 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating Abbey Storm (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Oscar Rock (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, led over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Gone Too Far (11-0) by 1l, 16 ran.
Pure Science (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, clear final furlong, easily, won at Warwick 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Jan beating No No Mac (10-7) by 9l, 12 ran.
Rule Of Thumb 11-2 (11-2) Held up tracking leaders, effort on outside 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, pushed along to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating Beaujolais Bob (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Un Ace (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, just held on towards finish, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan beating The Stout Italian (11-4) by hd, 11 ran.
Cabaret Girl 22-1 (10-7) Held up, headway on outside 5f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan beating Sausalito Sunrise (11-0) by 11l, 15 ran.
Joanne One (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Mid-division, went 5th 2f out, soon ridden, 2nd 1 1/2f out, led under 1f out, stayed on well, won at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) hvy in Nov beating Fickle Fortune (11-3) by 4l, 19 ran.
Seedling 15-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear of mid-division, headway over 2f out, driven and ran on well to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov beating Berkeley Avenue (10-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Vago Collonges (FR) (10-1) won at Craon(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf sft in Sep beating Vue Sur Mer (9-9) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.