Dontpaytheferryman is fit from hurdling and is at home in this company on the Flat. However, he's so far done all his winning on the all-weather at Southwell so NOGUCHI is preferred. Michael Murphy's charge also won at Southwell last time but has gone very close on this surface on more than one occasion this year and gets the nod to land this. Just Lille has every chance at the weights but hasn't raced since October and Thewestwalian finished last in a bumper at Ffos Las on his racecourse debut.
Noguchi (IRE) 85-40 (9-0) Dwelt raced wide close up, went 2nd 3f out, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, rallied to lead again near finish, won at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs beating Jacobs Son (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Flying Applause (9-0) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) gs in May.
Just Lille (IRE) 5-2 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Incendo (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Thewestwalian (USA) 25-1 (11-4) Led until 5f out, weakened quickly over 4f out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Carningli (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft.