Munaawib finished ahead of Exceedexpectations when scoring at Southwell last week. But he's now 12lb higher than when winning over track and trip in November and LASTKINGOFSCOTLAND is preferred. The latter could only manage fourth when sent off favourite here during the week but can make amends in this. Nifty Kier still looks a shade high in the weights and Sweet Vintage has struggled since winning over today's trip at Kempton in October.
Munaawib 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, challenged 1f out, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, held on, won at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Lutine Charlie (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Boom To Bust (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt ridden along to lead after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 15l behind Dansili Dutch (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Exceedexpectations 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, switched inside and headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 6, 4l behind Munaawib (9-5) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Nifty Kier 7-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, headway over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Larghetto (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Giorgio's Dragon (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 22l behind Tenbridge (9-5) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Raced keenly and soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Dance For Georgie (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Art Dzeko 12-1 (9-4) Prominent until ridden and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Arabian Flight (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, eased under 2f out, completely tailed off, last of 14, well behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.
Sweet Vintage (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, switched right entering final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Tartan Trip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Ptolemy 18-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear and raced wide, never dangerous, eased final furlong, 10th of 11, 22l behind Cara's Request (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
David's Secret 50-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 23l behind Tukitinyasok (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Boy The Bell 14-1 (10-5) Behind, ridden and outpaced when edged right 2f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 14, 11l behind McConnell (10-8) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.