The Noble Ord was only fifth in a seller at Lingfield yesterday but this isn't much better. He's one for the short-list along with Apache Glory, who races off the same mark as when filling one of the places behind Outlaw Torn over C&D 13 days ago. Quan started favourite over 7f here last time but never looked like winning and has still to impress on the Polytrack while Moral Issue, Rapid Water, Jumbo Prado and Count Ceprano all need a return to form. NANT SAESON was just behind Apache Glory here last month but had the worst of the draw that day and still appears to be heading in the right direction. He may be good enough to land this with Dubai Celebration returning from a short break.
Moral Issue 25-1 (9-6) Pulled hard tracking leaders, effort over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Outlaw Torn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Apache Glory (USA) 28-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chasing leaders when hung left under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Outlaw Torn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
The Noble Ord 6-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd final stride, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Mr Knightley (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Dubai Celebration 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 7l behind Aragorn Rouge (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Nant Saeson (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, ran on closing stages, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Outlaw Torn (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Rapid Water 8-1 (9-4) Always behind, 10th of 13, 15l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Jumbo Prado (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, mid-division on outer, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Storm Runner (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Quan (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, staying on same pace when hampered inside final furlong, eased, 6th of 11, 4l behind Boy The Bell (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Count Ceprano (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, effort on inside over 1f out, never a threat, 7th of 13, 7l behind Kyllachykov (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.