This is tricky but any strong support for CONSIGN would boost confidence. He was relatively unfancied when starting 8/1 for his debut at Kempton but finished a close-up fifth and, with this extra furlong sure to suit, Jeremy Noseda's colt rates the selection. Bellitudo is another with claims after her latest third at Lingfield while better is also expected from stablemate First Sargeant, Tanawar and Exit Clause. Blackball has shown little to date but it's worth keeping an eye on the newcomers Passionate Diva and Double Discount.
Blackball (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, soon outpaced, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 13l behind Yarroom (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Consign 8-1 (9-3) Towards rear, shaken up over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 8, 3l behind Tartary (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Double Discount (IRE) Invincible Spirit gelding out of Bryanstown Girl.
Exit Clause 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 9l behind Steelriver (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
First Sargeant 5-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, raced keenly, held up towards rear, driven 3f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 6l behind Horsted Keynes (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Jebulani 20-1 (9-3) Slowly away keen in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 21l behind Dashing Star (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Rapscallion Deep (IRE) Danehill Dancer colt out of Lucina.
Tanawar (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 15, 13l behind Mar Mar (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Nov.
Bellitudo (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon i touch on outside, headway over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Mrs Bannock (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Passionate Diva (USA) Street Cry filly out of Roshani.