VHUJON ran his usual solid race when fourth over 6f at Kempton three days ago. He's the highest-rated in this contest on official figures and David Evans' charge can take advantage of the drop in class and return to winning ways. Ajara has won two of his last three starts both over C&D and looks a real threat, while Apache Ridge has been in good form over 7f here of late. Spin Again and Clear Ice are others with a chance in another tight contest.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, tracked leader 5f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind I Confess (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Kersivay 12-1 (8-4) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd well inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Abbondanza (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Master Leon 5-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, outpaced, switched to race against stands' side rail over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 14, 8l behind Bonnie Prince Blue (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Misaro (GER) 7-1 (9-2) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon hung left, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Hinton Admiral (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jul.
Spin Again (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out, edged left and no impression 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Abbondanza (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Valentino Swing (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride in rear, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 14l behind Final Drive (9-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Vhujon (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Keen early, tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Ray Of Joy (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ajara (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Pressed leader, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Methaaly (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Bahamian Kid 13-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up, headway on outside over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 9l behind Saddlers Bend (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Clear Ice (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Soon led, ridden and eged right entering final furlong, headed final 110 yards, no extra near finish, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Admin (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo clm stks (5) pol in Jun.
Dickie Le Davoir 15-2 (9-4) Dwelt, behind, hampered after 2f, never a factor, 12th of 14, 9l behind Tislaam (9-0) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.