With his stable in superb form and a victory to his credit already, the progressive Boutonniere is likely to be a warm order on his handicap debut though faces Turf for the first time. GABRIAL THE ONE ended his first campaign with a comfortable victory over a mile at Pontefract and looks the type to make progress this campaign. He'll be suited by the longer trip and can see off Fraser Island, who looks a bit high on what he's achieved. Whiskey And Water was a beaten favourite on his last two starts and hasn't really shown enough nor has Hoffa, who has changed stables. Simon's Smile has only raced on the all-weather and will need to find more.
Gabrial The One (IRE) 4-1jfav (9-6) won at Pontefract 1m (5) gs in Oct beating Camelot Rakti (9-6) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fraser Island (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) 3rd of 7, 5 1/4l behind Moonlight Spirit (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (4) pol in Nov.
Boutonniere (USA) 3-1 (8-7) won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (6) pol in Mar beating Emirates Empire (8-7) by hd, 8 ran.
Whiskey And Water 7-2fav (8-12) 6th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Massam (9-1) at Newcastle 1m (2) pol in Sep.
Hoffa 8-1 (9-2) 4th of 5, 4l behind Hard Taskmaster (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (5) pol in Oct.
Simon's Smile (FR) 16-1 (9-2) 7th of 10, 7 1/4l behind Eden Gardens (9-7) at Kempton 1m (5) pol in Nov.