Wannabe Your Man was well backed on his reappearance at Kempton but appeared to throw in the towel once headed and may have his own ideas about the game. Pearl Spice won over 2m here in August and followed up at Kempton but may still be in the handicapper's grip and Ashdown Lad has shown little for his new yard so far. Lineman looks vulnerable on Turf but Honourable Knight has possibilities, as has Desert Recluse. MOUNT MACEDON looked one-paced over 1m4f last year so this step up in trip may be the answer. Luca Cumani wouldn't be persevering with the Hernando gelding if he didn't think he could pick up a race or two.
Ashdown Lad 4-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway to track leader halfway, led over 5f out and stayed far side alone, ridden and edged right to centre group 2f out, soon headed, faded final furlong, 6th of 14, 10l behind Bob's World (9-1) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Pearl Spice (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Ridden along to soon lead, clear 8f out, ridden over 4f out, soon headed and beaten, last of 4, 36l behind Kelvingrove (9-2) at Yarmouth 2m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep.
Outrageous Request 50-1 (8-13) Towards rear, headway entering final 3f, ridden and no impression final 2f, 8th of 14, 12l behind Bob's World (9-1) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Mount Macedon 8-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never on terms with leading trio after, 4th of 11, 7l behind Freedom's Light (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Wannabe Your Man 7-4fav (9-13) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Votary (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar.
Lineman 7-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, hard ridden well over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Spes Nostra (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Honourable Knight (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Emulating (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Zarosa (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Always behind, pushed along and sruggling 5f out, tailed off, last of 11, 47l behind Embsay Crag (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.