None of these inspire any confidence including recent Kempton winner Dustland Fairytale, a losing favourite at this track last time in a Class 7 handicap. SQUIRREL WOOD is holding her form a little better, finishing runner-up again at Kempton recently, and she gets the token vote. Be Royale and Poetic Belle have something to find with the latter on last month's running and the remainder are even harder to fancy unless Munaawib rediscovers his form of earlier in the season.
Dustland Fairytale (IRE) 5-4fav (9-10) Held up in mid-division, pushed along before halfway, kept on inside final furlong, never threatened, 5th of 10, 10l behind Prigsnov Dancer (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Munaawib 66-1 (9-9) With leader, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 16th of 18, well behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Squirrel Wood (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Sweet Vintage (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Zaroud (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Bumped and rider lost irons soon after start, in touch, rider recovered irons over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 25l behind Metropolitan Chief (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Be Royale 8-1 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Multitask (9-5) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Chrisnickdave (FR) 9-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 13, 33l behind Lord Franklin (9-2) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Lalinde 66-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, no impression when hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 13l behind Mahdiyah (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Pink Cadillac 20-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 15th of 16, 16l behind Darkside (9-1) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Poetic Belle 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Multitask (9-5) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Quadriga (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 14, 12l behind Asia Minor (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Reggie Bond 7-1 (9-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along and headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Rocket Ronnie (9-6) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Shamiana 6-1 (8-7) Restless stalls and badly left, behind never a factor, 8th of 9, 10l behind Laughing Rock (8-6) at Leicester 6f fll hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Zed Candy Girl 16-1 (8-12) In touch in mid-division, headway centre over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 8l behind Ficelle (8-12) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Oct.