LUCKY PUNT landed a victory at 10/1 last time out but he is likely to be nothing like that price this time round. The opposition isn't strong and he can continue his good record on Fibresand. Kimberley Downs is 2-3 on the all-weather but he is hit-and-miss and it is hard to have any confidence that he will run with vigour. Grande Caiman has a 12lb advantage in the weights as he is officially rated the same as Lucky Punt, but he hasn't won for almost two years. Diggeratt is unexposed over this sort of trip but has shown signs she may appreciate it and the blinkers are back on State Visit who won when he last had them in place.
Lucky Punt 10-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and hung right to stand side rail when clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Oct beating Becausewecan (9-8) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Kimberley Downs (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened just inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Opus Maximus (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gs in Oct.
Grande Caiman (IRE) 11-4 (8-6) Chased leader, led narrowly 5f out until 3f out, stayed challenging and still every chance 2f out, ridden and weakening when hampered and stumbled inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Foxhaven (9-12) at Newbury 1m 3f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Kingaroo (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Behind, raced wide over 3f out, effort when rider dropped whip over 1f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Cherri Fosfate (9-6) at Beverley 1m 2f app hcp (6) gd in Aug.
Ra Junior (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 5l behind Opus Maximus (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gs in Oct.
Special Cuvee 40-1 (8-11) Steadied start, in rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 16l behind Quinsman (9-13) at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct.
Diggeratt (USA) 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leading pair, ridden and not quicken 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Rosedale (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Bluegrass Lion (USA) 66-1 (8-11) Dwelt held up, weakened 3f out, 11th of 12, well behind Court Wing (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Little Buddy 80-1 (8-3) Started slowly, always behind, beaten when ridden and hung left 2f out, last of 10, 17l behind Wooden King (9-3) at Bath 6f hcp 0-58 (6) gd in Oct.
State Visit 13-8fav (9-5) Soon led, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Edward Whymper (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 3f 3yo sll (6) sft in Oct.