A really tight handicap to start proceedings with only 4lb separating top weight from CHOKIDAR lurking at the bottom of the card. The latter won his maiden over C&D before going close again at Lingfield during the week and he gets the vote on account of his consistency. July's Windsor winner Bianca De Medici has every chance in this grade and so does Glenridding, who had Smalljohn, Hatta Stream and Spin Again behind when fourth at this track last time and had earlier beaten Master Of Dance here. I Confess cannot be ruled out either, though he does most of his winning in plating company nowadays.
Bianca De Medici 6-1 (9-6) Held up, headway 3f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Eastern Hills (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Avonrose 33-1 (8-7) Keen held up, not troubled leaders, 8th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Young Dottie (8-7) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Regeneration (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 8l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Hatta Stream (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Mid-division on inside, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Frequency (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Triple Eight (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Soon led, headed 8f out, tracked winner until over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 8l behind Chosen Forever (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
I Confess 33-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed 7f out, tracked leader, led 3f out, edged right on bend turning for home, headed and bumped entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Epernay (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Regency Art (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Head down under gate before stalls opened, reared went badly right bumped and unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov, 11 ran.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 9-4 (9-6) Soon with leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Elspeth's Boy (9-0) at Redcar 1m sell stks (6) gd in Nov.
Smalljohn 10-1 (9-6) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Frequency (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Spin Again (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Led until 3f out, chased leader, ridden and lost 2nd entering final 2f, weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 11, 14l behind Frequency (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Glenridding 4-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Frequency (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Chokidar (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Tracked leading pair, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Forks (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.