Sixties Love was only beaten neck over 1m4f at Kempton last month. Bazooka will appreciate the return to a more realistic level after contesting a Group 3 last time while Strawberry Martini is also eased in grade. Percy Veer has already been placed over 2m so stamina is not an issue and he appeared to find 1m4f too sharp last time. The lack of a recent run for SEASIDE SIZZLER is an obvious concern but Bill Knight is more than capable of producing one ready after a break so the eight-year-old, a very decent stayer on his day and already a four-time winner on Polytrack, gets the nod.
Strawberry Martini 40-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Faithful Mount (9-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Seaside Sizzler 11-2 (9-1) Close up, ran in snatches, ridden 3f out, effort entering final 2f, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Kempton 2m hcp (2) pol in Apr beating Clowance Estate (9-10) by nk, 7 ran.
Bazooka (IRE) 100-1 (9-4) Last pair, came centre in straight, went poor 5th final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 9, 10 1/2l behind Koora (8-8) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct.
Sixties Love 8-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway between horses over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Sir Jack Layden (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Noguchi (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) Chased leader until over 4f out, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 13th of 14, dist behind Syncopate (10-7) at Newbury 1m 4f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Celestial Bay 66-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Sky Cape (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Percy Veer 7-2fav (9-1) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Return Ace (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Shadow Rock (IRE) 66-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 13th of 14, 16 1/2l behind Magic Circle (8-7) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) gs in Oct.