Goal has won three times on the all-weather including here and looks better than Richard Guest's other entry Catalyze, who still looks a little high in the weights. Bianca De Medici doesn't find much when challenged though she's back over her correct trip while Podgies Boy hasn't had much racing and his recent runs should have put him spot-on. ANDIAMO VIA had a short-head to spare over Chookie Avon with Elhamri and Horatio Carter just behind here last month. The winner was having just his seventh start and, with further progress likely, can complete a double.
Catalyze 10-11fav (9-2) Close up travelling well, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, driven and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Flying Phoenix (8-11) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gd in Sep.
Bianca De Medici 5-4fav (9-6) Led, going well 2f out, shaken up over 1f out, ridden and hard pressed inside final furlong, headed final 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Fakhuur (9-4) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs in Dec.
Goal (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 34l behind Sam Nombulist (9-3) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Podgies Boy (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, headway to join leader over 4f out, every chance well over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lockantanks (9-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
El Dececy (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, under pressure over 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Upper Lambourn (9-6) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Chookie Avon 11-4fav (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, joined winner inside final furlong, ran on and just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Andiamo Via (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
Elhamri 4-1 (8-11) Behind, outpaced 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Bandstand (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Horatio Carter 9-4 (8-9) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 4, 1 1/4l behind McConnell (8-11) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs.
Cyflymder (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Always behind, 10th of 12, 11l behind Upper Lambourn (9-6) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Andiamo Via 8-1 (8-8) Led after 2f, ridden and headed entering final 2f, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, soon joined, ran on, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec beating Chookie Avon (9-5) by shd, 13 ran.