PICCOLO EXPRESS has returned from a short break in fine form, winning his last two starts over C&D. He's worth sticking with here off a 3lb higher mark and is fancied to get the better of Chinese Democracy and Downhill Skier once again. Pilgrim Dancer has to come into the reckoning on his earlier defeat of Mount Hollow over C&D given a couple of winners have come out of the race, while Cwmni's latest second at Lingfield gives her every chance. Itsthursdayalready can't be discounted at this level and looks best of the rest.
Cwmni 8-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Florio Vincitore (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Pilgrim Dancer (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Prominent, ridden and every chance when edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2l behind Ede's Dot Com (9-4) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Downhill Skier (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd going well over 1f out, soon ridden and found little, 8th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Welcome Approach (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, never factor, 7th of 12, 7l behind Toby Tyler (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Piccolo Express 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, led on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Chinese Democracy (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Itsthursdayalready 8-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Welcome Approach (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Madame Boot (FR) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, outpaced, 11th of 12, 16l behind Khajaaly (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Chinese Democracy (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up, ridden over 1f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Spin Again (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Ninth House (USA) 50-1 (8-12) Dwelt always in rear, 9th of 10, 28l behind San Antonio (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Flying Applause 40-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden and behind 4f out, last of 8, 33l behind Bentley (9-3) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Kathleen Kennet 66-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Fastinthestraight (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Grace And Virtue (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Duneen Dream (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.