The three-year-old MUHTARIS lurks at the bottom of the weights having had a couple of starts over 1m2f last month. This longer trip should be no problem and the Godolphin gelding can recoup a tiny amount of his 240,000gns price tag. Most of these look to have had enough for the season with High Office an exception after a close-up fourth at Doncaster. Lean On Pete ran well in a claimer here last time but this is tougher while multiple course winner Chookie Hamilton is having his first start of the year off a 6lb higher mark.
Noble Alan (GER) 16-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 14l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-1) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep.
Uphold 8-1 (9-3) Raced centre prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Creme Anglaise (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Guising 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 15l behind Alcaeus (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Tartan Gigha (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 11l behind Hydrant (8-6) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
All The Winds (GER) 25-1 (9-2) Dwelt, raced wide, always in rear, last of 10, well behind Azrag (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Chookie Hamilton 5-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway 3f out, led inside final 2f, driven and stayed on well final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Gabrial's King (9-3) by 2l, 7 ran.
High Office 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind White Nile (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Lean On Pete (IRE) 11-4 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Alakhan (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Fly Solo 9-1 (9-8) Raced wide keen in touch, ridden over 3f out, plugged on, 5th of 13, 15l behind Ultimate (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Muhtaris (IRE) 13-2 (10-5) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out to chase leaders, went 5th over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 18, 2 1/4l behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.