Sir Boss is saddled with a 12lb penalty for completing a double over the C&D but has won in this grade from just a 1lb lower mark in the past. DE RIGUEUR looks the one to be on as he won several times in Germany and had Sir Boss 3l behind when scoring over the C&D last month and is better off at the weights. Alazan is better known as a jumper these days but there was plenty to like about his run behind Mica Mika here last week and he should get involved but Focail Maith appeared to find the 6lb extra for his Lingfield success just too much to handle there a week later. Nelson's Bay tackles the trip and an artificial surface for the first time but should be suited and rates a threat.
Sir Boss (IRE) 7-4fav (10-2) Held up towards rear and in touch, headway to lead over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Stanley Rigby (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Focail Maith 8-1 (10-1) Raced wide held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon head, kept on, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Stand Guard (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
All The Winds (GER) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway when carried wide 3f out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 6l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Alazan (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Led, driven clear over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Mica Mika (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
De Rigueur 2-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead entering final 2f, soon clear, eased inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating English Summer (9-5) by 2l, 12 ran.
Zafranagar (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Steadied start in rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 10, 39l behind The Lock Master (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Nelson's Bay 7-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, under pressure over 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 14, 4l behind Quixote (8-9) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
White Diamond 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place and ridden, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.