Blowing Dixie, Pianissimo and Sweet Celebration all arrive on the back of victories in lower grade contests but will find this tougher. Deal A Dollar won over shorter trips on the all-weather for Sir Michael Stoute and has switched yards while Joseph O’Brien’s maiden winner Grandmaster Flash was beaten back in a handicap at Dundalk last time and Ballylemon is another maiden winner with something to prove. Creationist finished ahead of Good Tidings when runner-up at over 1m3f last month and can figure if lasting home but it could pay to stick with the progressive front-runner BO SAMRAAN, who also steps up in trip having won a conditions race at Southwell a fortnight ago.
Deal A Dollar 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division on inside, weakened 3f out, 15th of 17, dist behind Hamish (9-7) at York 1m 6f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Creationist (USA) 4-1fav (8-13) Slow into stride, soon prominent, ridden and every chance from over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 14, hd behind All Yours (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Bo Samraan (IRE) 8-15fav (8-12) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, pushed out, won at Southwell 1m 4f stks (3) pol in Nov beating Jabbaar (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Good Tidings (FR) 5-1 (8-10) Slow into stride keen and soon close up, steadied back and in touch 8f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, nk behind All Yours (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Grandmaster Flash (IRE) 15-8fav (9-6) Soon chased leaders, closed travelling smoothly straight, on terms from 2f out, ridden to gain narrow lead from 1 1/2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, headed on line, 2nd of 14, shd behind Irradiate (8-9) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Nov.
Pianissimo 20-1 (9-4) Close up, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead close home, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Nov beating Jersey Wonder (9-9) by nk, 11 ran.
Ballylemon (IRE) 4-6fav (8-6) Raced keenly, held up in touch, outpaced on outside 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10 1/4l behind Reshoun (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Sweet Celebration (IRE) 2-1 (9-6) Steadied soon after start, close up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, edged right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Nov beating City Tour (9-4) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Blowing Dixie 11-8fav (9-3) Slow into stride, towards rear, good headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Nov beating J Gaye (9-7) by 7l, 12 ran.