A couple of recent winners look the ones to concentrate on. Rose Garnet finally got her head in front when winning in a lower grade at Kempton last month and will find this tougher upped 5lb. But this is less competitive than the race MONUMENTAL MAN won at Lingfield when he beat the re-opposing Little Perisher and Brian Sprout and he gets the vote to defy a penalty and follow-up. The remainder make little appeal though the likes of Divertimenti, Rightcar and Bird Dog have slipped down the weights of late.
Monumental Man 3-1fav (8-13) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well to go clear final furlong, won at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol beating Kaylee (8-5) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Rose Garnet (IRE) 3-1 (8-8) Made all, hard pressed from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov beating Pharoh Jake (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden halfway, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Amazing Win (8-7) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Rightcar 6-1 (8-11) Outpaced in rear, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 8th of 11, 5l behind Ballarina (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Brian Sprout 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division on inside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 7l behind Monumental Man (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp (6) pol.
Little Perisher 25-1 (8-7) In touch, weakened 2f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind Temple Road (9-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol.
Bird Dog 33-1 (8-1) Raced alone stands side, never on terms, last of 12, 29l behind Hopes N Dreams (9-2) at Nottingham 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Miserere Mei (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Stumbled slightly start, behind and never on terms, 8th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Pharoh Jake (9-0) at Lingfield 5f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Divertimenti (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Invigilator (9-0) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Nov.
Colamandis 50-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Resonare (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Forever Janey 66-1 (8-7) Always behind stand side, last of 15, 16l behind Rock On Candy (9-0) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.