Oriental Relation followed-up a course and distance victory with another cosy win at Southwell last month. The hat-trick looks a distinct possibility despite a further 6lb rise but THATABOY is just preferred. The latter scored in this grade at Lingfield recently and a 9lb hike in the weights is reduced by Eoin Walsh's allowance. Expect is a course winner but disappointed when favourite on her handicap bow at Kempton and Corncockle is proving unreliable. Three Pips makes his handicap debut after scoring over 6f here but the runner-up has subsequently been well beaten.
Corncockle 6-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Thataboy (8-1) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Oriental Relation (IRE) 11-8fav (9-7) Chased leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Pushkin Museum (9-10) by 2l, 4 ran.
Expect 11-4fav (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Harwoods Volante (9-1) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Thataboy (IRE) 7-2 (8-1) Held up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Searchlight (8-13) by 2l, 9 ran.
Debt Settler (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 8, 6l behind Pushkin Museum (9-6) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Three Pips 5-2 (8-12) With leader, led after 1f, made rest, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, edged right towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Jaeger Train (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Song of Rowland (IRE) 6-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Diffident Beats (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Sep.
Shamardyh (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort to lead over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Dandys Perier (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.