Alpha Tauri left previous form behind when making all over 7f on his Fibresand debut. Apprentice Nora Looby negates his penalty and he looks likely to make another bold bid from the front dropping back in trip. Thoughtsofstardom has also adopted front-running tactics of late and went close over C&D on his penultimate start, but Residency remains a maiden after finding one too good here last time. DECIDER wasn't disgraced on his recent comeback at Lingfield and, with that run under his belt, he gets the vote to take this opener.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 20-1 (9-6) Made all, clear 2f out, unchallenged, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs beating This Ones For Eddy (9-1) by 6l, 12 ran.
Decider (USA) 16-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, hung badly right bend into straight 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Brandywell Boy (9-4) at Lingfield 5f sell stks (6) pol.
Silk Slippers 18-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 18l behind Sports Casual (9-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Monte Major (IRE) 10-1 (8-0) Outpaced, pushed along and struggling halfway, last of 7, 8l behind Ebraam (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol.
Thoughtsofstardom 8-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Mr Skipiton (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol.
Residency (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Chased leaders, headway when squeezed through over 1f out, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Your Gifted (8-13) at Southwell 5f app hcp 0-55 (6) fbs.
Francis Albert 3-1 (8-10) Led, ridden inside final 2f, edged right and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Crimson Queen (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Duke of Rainford 8-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, behind, not much room on inside over 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 12, 9l behind Cheery Cat (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
Dancing Wave 100-1 (7-11) Led until over 3f out, chased winner until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 7l behind Punching (8-12) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Bombay Mist 28-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 15l behind Cayman Fox (8-10) at Hamilton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
The Magic of Rio 100-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 11l behind Ebraam (8-4) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.