Powerful Pierre is only 1-43 on Turf but 8-33 on Polytrack, all of those victories coming on this track. He's receiving weight from his three rivals but still has plenty to find. Capaill Liath landed a Kempton claimer, when Mr David was three lengths behind, but then finished last in a Lingfield handicap behind that rival. He had also beaten Jamie Osborne's charge on this track last month and may just have had an off-day at Lingfield. TELLOVOI was having only his third all-weather start when successful at Southwell but didn't run well on his only start here, though he generally competes at a higher level and can complete a double.
Tellovoi (IRE) 13-8fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, hung left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs beating Piceno (8-8) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Prominent, took keen hold, effort over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Oblitereight (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Mr David (USA) 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Dec beating Loyalty (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Powerful Pierre 9-4fav (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, led and bumped inside final furlong, edged right close home, held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol beating George Fenton (8-11) by hd, 9 ran.