A small but competitive field with only Northern Dare easy to rule out. Billy Red may be a shade high in the weights now but is capable in this grade and four-time Polytrack winner Diriculous showed signs of a return to form last time on only his second start after a year off. Lujeanie has been threatening to get his head back in front and is closely matched with recent Kempton winner Breathless Kiss while METHAALY scored over 5f here last time. The latter has won five times at this track now, three over C&D, and on that basis he gets the vote.
Billy Red 16-1 (8-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Edinburgh Knight (8-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Lujeanie 11-4 (9-7) Steadied start, tracked leaders, shaken up over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 5, 1l behind Hatta Stream (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Diriculous 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Perfect Act (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Breathless Kiss (USA) 10-3fav (9-4) Slowly into stride and not much room start, shoved along in rear early stages, headway over 1f out, switched left and led well inside final furlong, readily, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Vhujon (9-2) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Methaaly (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) In rear, came wide entering straight, headway over 1f out, edged left thereafter, ran on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Sir Geoffrey (9-1) by hd, 6 ran.
Northern Dare (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Behind, under pressure halfway, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 10l behind Prince James (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.