Roughlyn is 6lb higher than when winning under today's rider at Lingfield last month and may not confirm running with third-placed Baan on worse terms. Goldan Jess went close over C&D in November and has a leading amateur on board today but preference goes to PASSATO. The latter won one of these events at Warwick in June, the last time he raced on the Flat, and arrives fit from hurdling. Mcbirney, Stormy Morning and Augustus John are others with claims.
Mcbirney (USA) 11-4fav (9-3) Towards rear, headway on outer 2f out, soon ridden, edged left and ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind El Bravo (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Blazing Desert 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led 10f out, headed over 8f out, tracked leader, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Kings Bayonet (9-4) at Newbury 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul '11.
Passato (GER) 10-3 (10-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Warwick 1m 5f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun beating The Ducking Stool (10-8) by 7l, 10 ran.
Stormy Morning 4-1fav (11-1) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 7f out, chased leaders over 3f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Cool Baranca (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Sonara (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Six Of Clubs (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Augustus John (IRE) 18-1 (10-6) Held up, ridden 4f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 14l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Baan (USA) 10-1 (10-2) In rear, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Roughlyn (9-6) at Lingfield 2m am hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Daggers Bond (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, hampered after 4f, kept on without threatening straight, 10th of 16, 8l behind Fisher Bridge (9-4) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf in May '10.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Led 1f, chased leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Italian Riviera (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Dane Cottage 50-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, in rear, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no chance with leaders, 7th of 13, 14l behind Rodrigo De Freitas (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Sparkaway 100-1 (10-0) last of 5, 22l behind Macbeth (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f stks in Sep.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 33-1 (8-10) With leader, outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 14l behind Resplendent Alpha (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Roughlyn 9-2 (8-9) Dwelt in touch, headway to track leader 12f out, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, hung right and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Llamadas (9-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.