Kyllachykov was only beaten a head over a shorter trip at Southwell two weeks ago. He won twice here last year but may have his stamina stretched today. Taste The Wine stays 2m so won't be stopping in the closing stages. He has an up-and-coming apprentice on board and must be thereabouts but has to give 11lb to JEBULANI. This is only the latter's second run on the all-weather but he has a great chance at the weights on his Turf form and is fit from a campaign over hurdles. Excellent News and Kempton third Waving look best of the rest.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 6l behind Coup De Grace (9-7) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Kyllachykov (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held post, 2nd of 10, hd behind Grandad Mac (9-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Waving 11-4 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Bapak Pesta (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Jebulani 11-2 (8-1) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 12l behind Duke Of Yorkshire (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Excellent News (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Reality Show (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Fair Breeze 25-1 (8-8) In touch, pushed along and lost place 3f out, ridden and rallied over 1f out, stayed on in closing stages, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 5l behind Primacy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.
Well Owd Mon 6-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 5f out, lost place over 2f out, 5th of 7, 22l behind Rainford Glory (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Polvere D'oro 100-1 (9-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 26l behind Busatto (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f mdn stks (4) gd in Sep.