Haddaf has been thereabouts recently but finished behind third-placed Full Intention at Kempton last time. The latter had earlier been beaten by Fighting Temeraire at Newmarket while though Plunger won in France back in August he debuts for new connections today. Split Down South has every chance on a close-up third at Kempton a fortnight ago but novice winner EXTRODINAIR faced a more difficult task than this on a recent handicap debut when fading in the closing stages over a mile here and gets another chance over today’s shorter trip.
Haddaf (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Busby (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Atletico (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Hampered start, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Unforgiving Minute (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f stks (6) pol in Dec.
Plunger 11-2 (9-8) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 3/4l behind Home Before Dusk (9-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Isle Of Innisfree (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Not much room start, towards rear, driven over 2f out, no impression, 11th of 13, 8 3/4l behind Tawny Port (9-5) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Fighting Temeraire (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Stumbled and unseated rider leaving stalls, at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Extrodinair 14-1 (9-1) Led until inside final furlong, no extra closing stages, 5th of 12, 2l behind Samphire Coast (9-5) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Carnival Rose 9-1 (9-4) Took keen hold tracked winner, pushed along 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Glory Awaits (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Javelin 11-2 (9-5) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 11 1/2l behind Inaam (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Sweet And Dandy (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 10, 6l behind Chica De La Noche (10-0) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp fll (5) pol in May.
Full Intention 11-2 (8-10) Raced wide close up, pushed along and headway approaching final furlong, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Busby (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Split Down South 4-1jfav (9-9) Wide in mid-division, headway on outside chasing leaders over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, every chance 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Holiday Magic (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Jem Scuttle (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 6 1/4l behind Silverturnstogold (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Sonnet Rose (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Holiday Magic (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Theydon Boxer 100-1 (9-0) Soon handy on outside, led over 7f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 21 3/4l behind Wissahickon (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (5) pol in May.
De Little Engine (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 12, 10l behind Roman Spinner (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Threefeetfromgold (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Dwelt in touch in rear, headway 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Toni's A Star (9-3) at Brighton 5f hcp (6) gf in Sep.