COIRE GABHAIL may have only finished third in a seller at Lingfield last month but it was no worse a contest than this and Hughie Morrison's filly is the speculative selection. Ad Vitam managed a second at Redcar in September and Camache Queen wasn't beaten far when fourth in heavy ground at Windsor last month. The veteran Methaaly pops up occasionally at this level when the mood takes him but it's difficult to make a serious case for any of the remainder on recent form.
Methaaly (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 10, 7l behind Powerful Pierre (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Coire Gabhail 8-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Hartwright (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Camache Queen (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 9l behind Interception (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol.
Hamis Al Bin (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway and squeezed through over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 6l behind Ficelle (8-12) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Oct.
Kai 40-1 (8-7) Very slowly away, always tailed off, hampered well over 1f out, 13th of 14, well behind George Fenton (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep.
Ad Vitam (IRE) 11-2fav (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same opace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Deliberation (8-9) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct.
Coastal Passage 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, some headway over 1f out, never a factor, 6th of 14, 18l behind On The Cusp (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Legal Eagle (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind First Rebellion (8-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Interchoice Star 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no impression when lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 9l behind Prigsnov Dancer (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Slewtoo 33-1 (8-11) Raced far side dwelt in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 6l behind Feel The Heat (9-0) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Doctor Hilary 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd halfway until well over 1f out, weakened soon after, 5th of 6, 13l behind Nenge Mboko (8-10) at Windsor 6f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Myjestic Melody (IRE) 6-1 (8-5) Close up, pushed along halfway, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 4l behind Tadalavil (8-9) at Musselburgh 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Oct.
Vhujon (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Michael's Nook (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.