Grisons has been in good form over longer trips though hasn’t raced since September, along with Acclaim The Nation. The latter has been threatening over the minimum trip but JUST THAT LORD faced a stiffer task in Class 2 company last time having been beaten less than a length in this grade at Lingfield before that. Mike Attwater’s charge may be the one to side with today though Savalas is also at home at this level if rediscovering his best. Helvetian failed to cope with a 4lb rise last month having won at Wolverhampton earlier and Enthaar’s win at Sandown came in a lower grade.
Verne Castle 50-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders on inside, effort to challenge over 1f out, soon ridden, outpaced inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 5 1/4l behind Lady Dancealot (8-6) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Just That Lord 11-2 (8-3) Raced wide prominent, led 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 3l behind Watchable (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Acclaim The Nation (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind The Daley Express (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Savalas (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Watchable (9-4) at Newcastle 5f hcp (3) pol in Nov.
Helvetian 14-1 (9-7) Dwelt raced wide close up, ridden over 1f out, keeping on when switched right inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ginger Fox (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Machree (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final 75 yards, 6th of 8, 4 3/4l behind Hareem Queen (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Enthaar 6-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Mercenary Rose (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Grisons (FR) 4-1 (9-5) Taken to post early, keen in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Fantastic Flyer (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (5) pol in Sep.
Dynamo Walt (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch on inside, ridden over 1f out, driven and outpaced inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Big Les (9-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (5) pol in Nov.