Quadriga just held off a strong challenge from Reggie Bond when scoring here last month. But only by a short-head and that pair are hard to separate in this. LITMUS handed a more conclusive beating to Brown Pete when runner-up here recently and Simon Dow's charge gets the token vote in this company. Lambert Pen has a shout on his best placed efforts though he's yet to win a race while the veteran Follow The Flag continues to tumble down the weights without showing any benefit.
Brown Pete (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 8th of 11, 5l behind Pim Street (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Six Silver Lane 25-1 (8-8) Led, pushed along 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Mountain Range (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Ellaal 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 13l behind Galilee Chapel (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
Lambert Pen (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Behind, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Arabian Flight (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Litmus (USA) 5-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headed just inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 4l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Quadriga (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Skidby Mill (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Reggie Bond 7-2fav (8-11) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and just held close home, 2nd of 11, shd behind Quadriga (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Nov.
Follow The Flag (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Reluctant to race and detached throughout, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Hussar Ballad (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov.
Starbotton 100-1 (8-1) Outpaced towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 11, 16l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Louis Vee (IRE) 66-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 6, 26l behind Jaladee (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Vegas Belle 20-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 8, 38l behind Hurricane John (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Angel Grigio 20-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway under pressure and hung left over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Red Shadow (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Silver Fawn (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden, kept on until headed and faded into 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Shirazz (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.