The lightly-raced Canary Wharf, a course and distance winner a year ago, is interesting here with further improvement likely and he makes more appeal than last month's Lingfield winner Saoi. But FAME AGAIN has won two of his three starts over course and distance and had a pipe-opener over hurdles at the end of last month. Mick Easterby's five-year-old still looks well handicapped and can take this. Knowe Head didn't beat much over course and distance last time but is still on a winning mark while Availed Speaker is back on his favourite track. Chosen Forever and Spanish Plume were below their best last year however.
Saoi (USA) 9-2 (9-7) In rear, headway well over 1f out, led last 100 yards, held on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Sakhee's Pearl (9-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Chosen Forever 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, 30l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Canary Wharf (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Dwelt pulled hard, tracked leader 10f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Alazan (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Spanish Plume 25-1 (8-6) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 11l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Knowe Head (NZ) 6-4fav (9-2) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, effort inside final furlong, driven to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec beating Strike Force (8-9) by ns, 5 ran.
Fame Again 7-1 (8-9) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Chookie Royale (9-0) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Nov.
Availed Speaker (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, went 3rd final 100 yards until close home, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Silverware (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.