Improvement is expected from Banks And Braes however a safer bet may be EDWARD WHYMPER who ran well at Kempton just six days ago. Mark Thompkins' Bahamian Bounty colt is yet to win in eight starts however he ran his best race to date at Kempton last time out. This longer trip should be within his reach and a bold bid is expected from a fair draw. Kathindi should appreciate the longer trip and is one to watch in the betting after a break, Al Khimaya knows how to win but he has been doing it at a lesser level, whilst this is a big drop in class for Mnarani and the stable are in fair form after their strangles scare. New Christmas has had an eventful career to date but this colt should be a player now stepped up in trip for this handicap debut, If I Were A Boy is consistent if ultimately hard to win with, whilst blinkers are tried on Roybuoy who needs to improve. An open nursery where preference is for Edward Whymper.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Diam Queen (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
New Christmas (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt, ridden and headway over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Hudoo (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Danger Mulally 40-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 17l behind Diam Queen (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Mnarani (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden before straight, soon weakened, 13th of 16, 21l behind Dick Turpin (9-7) at Fairyhouse 6f 2yo stk sft in Aug.
Al Khimiya (IRE) 7-4fav (8-4) Tracked leader, led narrowly 2f out, asserted towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Oct beating Carnaval Court (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Kathindi (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Disputed lead, advantage inside final 3f, headed 2f out and soon weakened, 9th of 14, 11l behind Marcus Cicero (8-13) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Edward Whymper 7-2fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, led entering final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Lisahane Bog (9-4) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Flash For Freedom (USA) 66-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 11th of 13, 13l behind Lisahane Bog (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Roybuoy 100-1 (9-3) Chased winner to 4f out, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, last of 13, 28l behind Prizefighting (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
Banks And Braes 5-1 (9-6) Close up, hard ridden 2f out, soon lost place, 7th of 13, 8l behind Christopher Wren (9-2) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.