ZAFARABAN is one of the least exposed of these and, after a fourth length defeat by Irene Kennet at Lingfield last time, he's the selection. Corn Maiden won on the Fibresand in February and Medieval Bishop finished second at the same track in October. Both have been beaten out of sight since, however, while Merchants Return went close at Wolverhampton in September and Big Kahuna has some scope for improvement back over a longer trip.
Landesherr (GER) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Tenure (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Chankillo 8-1 (9-6) Bumped start, in touch in mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Langham Lily (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (6) pol in Nov.
Zafaraban (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Irene Kennet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Corn Maiden 9-2 (8-13) Unseated rider and ran loose before start, in touch, headway halfway, outpaced over 3f out, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 14l behind Amtired (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Lord Golan 14-1 (9-3) Raced wide keen tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Mazij (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Wasabi (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden over 5f out, behind 4f out, pulled up after, in a race won by Three Bards (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug, 11 ran.
Medieval Bishop (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Pressed leader 4f, chased clear pair, lost place 5f out, soon behind, 6th of 7, 32l behind Musically (9-2) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Big Kahuna 66-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 21l behind Autspread (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Omega Omega 12-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 16l behind Scripturist (7-9) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug.
Sunny Bank 50-1 (8-2) In rear, outpaced over 6f out, tailed off final 4f, last of 7, well behind Linroyale Boy (8-10) at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Gay Gallivanter 28-1 (8-7) Raced wide in touch, ridden and weakened 4f out, 9th of 10, 17l behind Day Of Destiny (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Merchants Return 7-2 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 23l behind Sinchiroka (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Gangsterbanksters (FR) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders until 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 14l behind West End Lad (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Bestfootforward 20-1 (8-11) Always behind, eased when no chance final furlong, last of 13, 27l behind Thane Of Cawdor (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.