PHILS WISH posted a much improved effort over C&D last time and gets the token vote in a poor handicap. Quan scored at Southwell in November but was well beaten on Polytrack last time and Fortunate Bid is preferred on the back of placed efforts over longer trips here. Forzarzi is proving best over shorter distances but Star Kingdom can race off a lower mark than when winning at Hamilton in August and can be given a chance in this company.
Quan (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Raced keenly, chased leaders, ridden and head high 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 7l behind Temple Road (9-0) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.
Calypso Cay 8-1 (8-13) Dwelt raced wide tracked leaders, chased winner halfway until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 8l behind Ace Of Spies (9-0) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) In touch, headway 2f out, not clear run and switch right approaching final furlong, no impression towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Angel Cake (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Boy The Bell 20-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Maggie Pink (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Cadmium Loch 11-1 (8-11) In touch towards rear, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Nant Saeson (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Forzarzi (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, effort on outside over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 5l behind North Central (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Romeo's On Fire (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, last of 13, 9l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Keys of Cyprus 28-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 12, 9l behind Aragorn Rouge (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Phils Wish (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Coach Montana (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov.
Kielty's Folly 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, no chance with winner when hung left and lost 2nd well over 1f out, hung left and weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Rasselas (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Star Kingdom (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 6l behind Goldmadchen (9-4) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Under Par 8-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Hittin'the Skids (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.