LYRIC BALLAD may be good enough on her handicap debut as she was getting the hang of things late on at Kempton last time and should have enough scope to do better. Corton Lad was always in the firing-line when runner-up to Crystal Peaks here last week and is an obvious threat while Lingfield winner Spithead is definitely better than he showed here last time and should get involved. Kingsville had shown a bit of promise prior to running a shocker here last time and it's rare to find a Mark Johnston runner on such a lowly mark.
Sewn Up 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Yarroom (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Lyric Ballad 50-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th close home, 4th of 11, 4l behind Lilac Tree (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Spithead 9-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind Nine Iron (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
By A Wiska 40-1 (9-3) Mid-division in 5th, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 9, 9l behind Medicoe (9-3) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Caramel Sundae 12-1 (9-5) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Keep Calm (9-7) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Classy Trick (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along 3f out, never on terms, last of 8, 11l behind Plunder (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Corton Lad 3-1fav (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Crystal Peaks (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Marguerite St Just 33-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 10l behind Missing Agent (8-7) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
See And Be Seen 40-1 (8-11) Pulled hard in rear, struggling halfway, soon beaten, 7th of 13, 6l behind Keep Calm (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Mr Vendman (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Dwelt, behind, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 14l behind Nenge Mboko (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Kingsville 7-1 (8-4) Led until over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 13, 14l behind Keep Calm (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.