Keith Dalgleish will be keen to build upon a splendid first year in the training ranks and BLOWN IT seems sure to put him in the winner's circle sooner rather than later. The ultra-consistent gelding ran the rejuvenated Jimmy Ryan to threequarters of a length at Lingfield and has gone very well here in the past. The handicapper has left him untouched for that run and he can go one better here. Shawkantango looks an interesting player off the bottom perch and seems a likely scorer in the near future too but the main danger to the selection could be Falasteen. He'll be all the better for blowing away the cobwebs at Southwell on New Year's Day and had some extremely useful form on turf last season.
Island Legend (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 4l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Falasteen (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Towards rear and soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Even Stevens (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Absa Lutte (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, outpaced, 8th of 11, 6l behind No Mean Trick (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ishetoo 11-1 (9-5) Raced far side, in touch, effort halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, driven and stayed on to 2nd final 50 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Style And Panache (9-5) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Atlantic Beach 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, soon beaten, eased over 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Cadeaux Pearl (9-6) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Lucky Dan (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Caldercruix (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Perlachy 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, ran on to go 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Black Baccara (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Blown It (USA) 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, good headway on inside to chase leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Jimmy Ryan (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Shawkantango 15-2 (9-7) Missed break, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Belinsky (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.