in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong
short of room leaving stalls, towards rear, never on terms
made all, joined over 3f out, ridden clear inside final furlong
close up, ridden and headway to chase winner inside final furlong, no threat
dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, never nearer
raced wide, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, some late headway
in touch, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace
pushed along, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, nearest finish
went right start, always in rear
tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace
keen, in touch, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace
always towards rear
raced wide, in touch, ridden and weakened 2f out
headway on outer to join winner over 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong
Pearl Spectre bids for a hat-trick under a double penalty. Dutch Golden Age and Gold Club were less than a length behind the former over track and trip last week and Panther Patrol was well beaten over 7f here before that. September Issue won over 5f at Newcastle during the summer and Welease Bwian won three times over the minimum trip here early this year. Interlink won a maiden race over track and trip and Sophisticated Heir scored at Wolverhampton in September but is 10lb higher. ANONYMOUS JOHN has not won anywhere so far this year but was winning off a 7lb higher mark in 2015 and after showing signs of a resurgence at Kempton last month, he gets a speculative vote.
Pearl Spectre (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Led 1f, settled 3rd over 4f out, 2nd on inside over 1f out, challenged under pressure inside final furlong, ran on gamely to lead again final strides, won at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov beating Dutch Golden Age (9-0) by hd, 12 ran.
Picture Dealer 25-1 (9-6) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 9 1/2l behind Mazzini (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Captain Dion 9-2fav (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 11th of 14, 9 1/4l behind Shouranour (9-5) at Catterick 7f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Parkour (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, switched right inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Alkhor (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
El Viento (FR) 9-2 (8-11) Soon outpaced and behind, lost touch over 2f out, last of 9, 7 1/4l behind Dynamo Walt (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp (3) pol in Nov.
Varsovian 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leader until ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Alnashama (9-1) at Newmarket 7f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Sophisticated Heir (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and one pace in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Free Zone (9-4) at Chelmsford City 6f stks (6) pol in Nov.
Anonymous John (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on, 5th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Volition (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
September Issue 9-2fav (9-1) In touch, pushed along and outpaced halfway, ridden and headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Showdaisy (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Dutch Golden Age (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led after 1f, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, kept on and held slight lead until headed last strides, 2nd of 12, hd behind Pearl Spectre (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Gold Club 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance when edged left over 1f out, kept on, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 12, 1/2l behind Pearl Spectre (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Welease Bwian (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear, hung right to stands side 2f out, hung left and ran on inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Bahamian Sunrise (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Panther Patrol (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Raced wide close up, edged left entering final 4f, ridden and every chance over 1f out, hung right and no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 4l behind Pearl Spectre (9-6) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Interlink (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Mazzini (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.