Jargelle has slipped down to a mark that Dandy Nicholls will soon be taking advantage of, but it may not be today. Stablemate Sir Geoffrey will find life more difficult raised 6lb for his recent C&D victory and other recent winners, Methaaly and Angelo Poliziano, have both struggled off higher marks since successful. HIGH SPICE looks to be still improving judged on her latest win over 5f at Kempton where she beat Vhujon. A good run from the latter in the previous race would boost confidence and she gets the vote.
Jargelle (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden inside final furlong, no impression, 8th of 13, 4l behind Secret Millionaire (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
High Spice (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Dwelt, soon tracked leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, held on well, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Vhujon (9-2) by 1l, 7 ran.
Excellent Show 5-2fav (9-7) Chased leader, ridden 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 4 1/2l behind High Spice (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Cape Royal (8-8) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Methaaly (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Hampered on inside over 4f out, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Wallis (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Chased leaders in center, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 6l behind Verinco (8-11) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Aug.
Angelo Poliziano 3-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, switched right over 1f out, not much room soon after and hampered inside final furlong, stayed on after, not pace to threaten leaders, 4th of 6, 2l behind Grudge (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.