Tillstar had what looked an easier chance at Sandown last time but came up short and races off the same mark today. A chance is taken that MAGIQUE has improved since last season as he won on soft ground at Windsor in October and is only 2lb higher for this. Jeremy Noseda's charge gets the nod given Dark Amber has something to prove both over today's distance and in the prevailing ground and the same comments also apply to Oratorio's Joy.
Oratorio's Joy (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Always in rear, 7th of 9, 11l behind Harry Bosch (9-7) at Bath 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Tilstarr (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Raced wide, tracked leader until lost place over 5f out, in touch, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lady Tiana (9-0) at Sandown 1m 1f flls hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Magique (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden and headway entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Uncle Dermot (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Dark Amber 3-1 (8-13) Chased winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and well held over 1f out, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Kosika (9-1) at Bath 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) fm.
Super Cookie 14-1 (8-13) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 7, 3l behind Taro Tywod (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Led early, tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, challenged over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Travel (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Ela Goog La Mou 9-4fav (8-4) Dwelt, took keen hold tracking leaders, 2nd after 1f, led 7f out, pushed along and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 17l behind Silver Alliance (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Trulee Scrumptious 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outside, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened 1f, 9th of 14, 23l behind Jamaica Grande (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.