Honoured returned a losing favourite when attempting to follow up a C&D win and has three lengths to make up with the third Cosmic Halo on that running. Renegotiate was getting plenty of weight when pushing multiple winner La Estrella all the way to the line in a claimer here last week while Strike Force has looked in the handicapper's grip since winning at Lingfield in November. BRADBURY has joined one of the leading jumps trainers in Donald McCain and has his first run on the Flat since finishing a creditable sixth in the Cesarewitch in September. He's won three times over today's shorter trip and should go very close in this company.
Bradbury (IRE) 28-1 (8-2) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 6th of 18, 8l behind Domination (8-9) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Strike Force 9-2 (9-2) In touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Miss Blakeney (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Trip Switch 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 26l behind Whitby Jet (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Jeer (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on outside, headway and in touch over 6f out, lost place over 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 10, well behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Honoured (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Sweet Lavender (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Cool Sky (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Cosmic Halo 12-1 (8-8) Mid-division on inside, headway and effort inside final 2f, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, just failed for 2nd, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Renegotiate 8-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on and caught post, 2nd of 5, shd behind La Estrella (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol.