A progressive three-year-old in 2008, Dundalk winner NICE STYLE has been hard to keep right since. He has only raced twice in the last two years but caught the eye on his latest return to action when finishing a decent third in a competitive handicap at Kempton last month. This step up in trip will suit and he is open to further progress. Trainer Jeremy Gask has a strong hand here as Denton also has a good chance. Captain John Nixon continues to improve and registered his fifth win this year when victorious over C&D last time but Cosimo De Medici finished second for the third time in succession last week and is becoming frustrating.
Nice Style (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched left 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Akhmatova (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Distinctive Image (USA) 25-1 (8-5) 9th of 10, 22l behind Drunken Sailor (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f hcp (0-110) in Feb.
Fight Club (GER) 100-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, weakened over 2f out, 29th of 32, 37l behind Supaseus (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Oct '09.
Denton (NZ) 5-1 (9-4) Led 3f, chased leader, led again inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and not pace of winner final 120 yards, 2nd of 7, nk behind Franco Is My Name (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Captain John Nixon 5-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Saint Thomas (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Cosimo De Medici 5-2fav (9-5) Led, joined 9f out, headed 3f out, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Hidden Glory (9-0) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Camps Bay (USA) 7-2 (9-8) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Ethics Girl (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
That'll Do Nicely (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, 9th of 12, 13l behind Northside Prince (10-0) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Decision 16-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, chased leaders halfway, weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 45l behind Morar (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Lovers Causeway (USA) 3-1fav (9-3) Led, ridden and strongly pressed straight, headed 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 14, 10l behind Solo Performer (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-90 pol in Nov.