Rio De Sivola should improve on his debut third at Ffos Las but Sash Of Honour disappointed when long odds-on at Lingfield and had earlier finished more than two lengths behind PISTOL at Newbury. Philip Hobbs' gelding has a penalty here but looks a nice prospect and can confirm that form and double his tally as course and distance winner Captain Cardington is starting to look exposed, though has the beating of Shadarpour on Kempton running over Christmas.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent, pushed along before 2nd, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Seventh Sign (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Pistol (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Made all, blundered 5th, clear 3 out until went left next, ridden before went left last, driven out, won at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec beating Sash Of Honour (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Choisirez (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Led, headed before 5th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 28l behind Finch Flyer (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Rio De Sivola (FR) 2-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, driven to challenge before 2 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Alborz (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 4-11fav (10-12) Chased leading trio until badly outpaced dropped and to last when mistake 3 out, rallied under pressure to modest 4th between last 2, 4th of 6, 25l behind Chris Pea Green (10-9) at Lingfield 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Shadarpour (IRE) 5-2 (10-8) In rear, headway on inner over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Spoil Me (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Shot In The Dark (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, well beaten over 2f out, 10th of 13, 21l behind Mutual Regard (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov (flat).