Going along with the 14-year-old THE TATLING may be viewed as a sentimental choice but this really does look a fine opportunity for the veteran to post career success number 17. The level of his recent form is light years away from his halcyon days but he's in good nick at present and the form book gives him every chance of defying top weight. Imaginary Diva could push him hard if producing her best but she's not the most consistent of mares and is only 1-24 on turf. Bobby's Doll has returned from a lengthy absence in good heart and is less exposed than her rivals, whilst The Strig would get involved if recapturing his form of early 2010.
The Tatling (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, driven to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Stonecrabstomorrow (8-10) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
The Strig 16-1 (8-9) Keen tracked leader, led after 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 12, 18l behind Ivory Silk (9-10) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Pocket's Pick (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 6l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-58 (6) fbs in Nov.
Clerical (USA) 7-2 (9-4) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Chjimes (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Greek Secret 25-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 7l behind Towy Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Bobby's Doll 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 11l behind Bless You (9-0) at Warwick 6f 3yo fll stks (5) gd.
Imaginary Diva 14-1 (9-1) With leaders, led over 1f out, headed final 120 yards, stayed on same pace closing stages, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Dispol Grand (9-7) at Leicester 5f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Canadian Danehill (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Raced stands side, chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 17, 14l behind Miss Polly Plum (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) std.
Macie (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Bumped start, took keen hold in rear, always behind, 9th of 10, 28l behind Meydan Style (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Jemimaville (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Held up, came stands side over 3f out, headway to lead stand side group over 1f out until inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Athaakeel (9-5) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.