A moderate but open-looking handicap in which the only three-year-old, ONE LAST DREAM, has a very good chance of going one better after a fine run over a slightly longer trip here last month where he led inside the final furlong before being collared by Seventeen Seventy. Steel Rain ended the last campaign by scoring twice on ground with give and a long absence may not be too much of a problem, especially as Richard Hughes has been booked. Perlachy has won 11 races on the all-weather but is 0-19 on Turf while Going French has the worst of the draw and may struggle with a 4lb rise for gaining his first success on his 20th start at Chepstow. Bateleur is generally to the fore in this sort of class and is just 2lb higher than when last scoring at Yarmouth in October.
Going French (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Led and keen, headed over 4f out, led again over 2f out, clear over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Jun beating Khazium (9-1) by 1l, 8 ran.
Perlachy 10-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, went 4th near finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Flashbang (9-1) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bateleur 9-1 (8-13) Behind, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Charming (9-4) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Steel Rain 7-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, switched left over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, held on, won at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep beating Lake Wanaka (8-6) by shd, 7 ran.
Atlantic Cycle (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, behind and eased inside final furlong, 13th of 14, 11l behind Irish Girls Spirit (8-8) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Decider (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Autocracy (8-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
London Avenue (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, driven and weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 14l behind Mucky Molly (8-13) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft.
Prize Point 25-1 (8-9) Pressed leaders on outside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 8l behind Dorothy's Dancing (9-8) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Quadra Hop (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4f out until approaching final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Lady Mango (9-3) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Greyemkay 14-1 (8-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 11l behind Going French (9-6) at Chepstow 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Jun.
One Last Dream 9-2fav (8-8) Raced wide, chased leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out until inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Seventeen Seventy (9-7) at Bath 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Choice Words (USA) 13-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Pick A Little (9-9) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Khateer 13-2 (9-4) Raced wide, held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 18l behind Needwood Ridge (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.