slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up in rear in steadily run race, headway on wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final 75 yards and closed, not quite get up
Plenty with claims including Presumido, who was well ahead of previous winner Gracious George and Embankment when scoring over track and trip recently. Franco's Secret finished with a late flourish to dead-heat for first with Boss Time at Lingfield last time with What A Dandy less than a length behind. Ian's Memory returns from a lay-off in first-time headgear and may figure along with the veteran Extraterrestrial. But PARTY ROYAL has won off a 9lb higher mark in the past and Adam Kirby's presence takes the eye on his first start for a new yard. He gets a speculative vote in a wide-open contest.
Footstepsintherain (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Keen tracked leader, ridden 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Shyron (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Ian's Memory (USA) 6-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 21l behind Carnevale (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Extraterrestrial 20-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, pushed along 3f out, soon hung right and outpaced, ridden on outside well over 1f out, moderate progress inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Rizal Park (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Party Royal 12-1 (9-6) Led, clear over 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 6l behind Toga Tiger (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) in Oct.
Al Jamal 50-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 10, 17l behind Bombardment (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Presumido (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Until Midnight (9-2) by 1l, 14 ran.
Franco's Secret 5-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway inside final furlong, ran on to join leader post (Dead Heat 1st), won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec deadheating with Bosstime (9-2), 9 ran.
Gracious George (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along over 3f out, no impression, 8th of 14, 5l behind Presumido (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Embankment 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 6l behind Presumido (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Bosstime (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, joined post (Dead Heat 1st), won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec deadheating with Franco's Secret (9-6), 9 ran.
What A Dandy (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Keen close up, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway entering final furlong, soon every chance, not quicken towards finish, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Bosstime (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Comrade Bond 50-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Miss Lillie (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) in Dec.
Lady Marl 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 8, 6l behind Craftsmanship (9-4) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.