Christmas Truce, Zinging and Asaateel are the three for the shortlist here and Christmas Truce is taken to follow up a good win last time. Christmas Truce showed a return to form last time at the track and won with some authority. He steps up in trip here but can handle that difference in distance and can follow up. Asaateel has won once, scoring in April last year, and has shown little form since until recently. He was unlucky to be nailed right on the post at Newmarket in an amateur riders' contest last time but it is sometimes unwise to take that type of form literally and he is passed over. Zinging is another intriguing runner. He had shown little form of late until springing a surprise here last time in an apprentice contest. That was a fair effort but it remains to be seen how good a race that was. Christmas Truce is taken to score again.
Christmas Truce (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) In touch, driven along halfway, headway to chase leading pair over 1f out, led final 100 yards, soon clear, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) frm beating Whatatodo (9-2) by 4l, 14 ran.
Master'n Commander 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led approaching 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Dinner Date (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Asaateel (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, led 3f out, ridden and hung right over 2f out, caught post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Prime Powered (11-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f amt hcp (5) sft.
Thebestisyettocome 5-1 (9-0) Prominent, went 2nd over 3f out, every chance entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Turner's Touch (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Jubilee Dream 100-1 (9-3) Always behind, 13th of 18, 9l behind Greenwood (10-1) at Lingfield 7f ldy rds hcp (5) gd.
Halcyon Magic 50-1 (10-5) Prominent, led over 6f out, ridden and headed 3f out, weakening when short of room 2f out, 12th of 13, 22l behind Prime Powered (11-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f amt hcp (5) sft.
Miss Glory Be 7-1 (9-0) Always behind, 12th of 14, 16l behind Fantasy Crusader (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f banded stk (7) pol.
Zinging 33-1 (8-5) Raced freely, led after 1f, stayed towards inside straight, strongly pressed 1f out, pushed along and kept on gamely, won at Brighton 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs beating Miss Monica (8-5) by a nk, 10 ran.
Megalala (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 14, 12l behind Christmas Truce (8-10) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) frm.
Icannshift (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Led, ridden when headed approaching 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Ndola (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f banded stk (7) pol.
Wood Fern (UAE) 8-1 (8-5) Held up, ridden and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 15, 7l behind Sovietta (8-8) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs.
Lucefer (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Always towards rear, last of 12, 24l behind Desperation (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 4f clm (6) pol in Jan.
Lenwade 6-1 (8-5) Slowly away, restrained well in rear, shaken up and kept on final furlong, no chance, 6th of 10, 8l behind Zinging (8-5) at Brighton 1m 2f app hcp (6) gs.
Didnt Tell My Wife 8-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 14, 22l behind Dagola (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2f banded stk (7) pol.
Golden Spectrum (IRE) 5-1jt-fav (8-11) Always about same place in mid-division, 8th of 14, 9l behind Christmas Truce (8-10) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) frm.
Equilibria (USA) 4-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Shekan Star (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f banded stk (7) pol in Apr.