Fresa could only manage fourth off today's mark last time having scored over track and trip before that. Orotario's Joy is weighted to reverse running with the latter and may well do so. Standpoint and Ocean Applause have slipped down the weights though the former remains resolutely out of form, while the same comment applies to Jordaura. Miami Gator is back on a winning mark but hasn't raced since May, so SILLY BILLY appears the one to beat after an easy win on the Fibresand at Southwell, as Brian Ellison's charge is just as effective on this surface.
Fresa 6-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Lean On Pete (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Ocean Applause 3-1 (9-7) Led and set steady pace, ridden well over 1f out, headed 1f out, 4th and one pace final 110 yards, 4th of 7, 2l behind Fab Lolly (8-10) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Oratorio's Joy (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Mid-division on outside, headway over 2f out, ridden in 5th when edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace in closing stages, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Maria's Choice (9-8) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Standpoint 66-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 8, 22l behind Lean On Pete (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Silly Billy (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Close up on outer, headway to lead 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, won at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov beating George Benjamin (8-5) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Miami Gator (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and hung right over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, last of 9, 21l behind Ted's Brother (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Jordaura 14-1 (9-4) Behind, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Dubai Celebration (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.