RESOLUTE landed the odds at Southwell in good style last month. With earlier placed efforts coming in soft ground his ability to handle this faster surface has to be taken on trust but he's the one to beat if doing so. Kantara Castle just got the better of Jazzy Lady in a claimer here recently but both will find life tougher in this and Tucson Arizona looks a bigger threat. The latter scored nicely at Kempton last time and is also preferred to Pontefract winner Act Of Charity.
Act Of Charity (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division stand side, headway over 3f out, led that group over 2f out, kept on and no impression with center group, 4th of 10, 12l behind Hartnell (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Resolute 4-11fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, led 2f out, driven clear from over 1f out, easily, won at Southwell 7f 2yo nov stks (5) fbs in Nov beating Razin' Hell (9-0) by 14l, 6 ran.
Tucson Arizona 9-4fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up towards rear, slightly hampered 5f out, headway to track leaders over 4f out, led over 1f out, ridden and in command when edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Mr Wickfield (8-13) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Kantara Castle (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged right and stayed on gamely final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol beating Jazzy Lady (9-5) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Jazzy Lady (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression 2f out, effort to press winner inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Kantara Castle (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol.