Katiypour can make fitness count over Bobski, with St Petersburg and Trifti two more with claims. Katiypour ran a blinder in defeat when just touched off by Fajr here three weeks ago, and as that was his first outing since contesting a valuable handicap at Ascot in September, he is entitled to improve enough to go one better. Granted, the handicapper needs to show some respite, but with a good draw in stall two to help, we will be disappointed if the 10-year-old does not go close to claiming a fifth course success. Bobski has had a 75-day break since barging his way through to score over seven furlongs here in November, and although not guaranteed to stay, lines up as one of the more fancied contenders. St Petersburg has one or two bits of placed form in decent company to his name, while Trifti is not badly handicapped on his best form, but has not won since 2005. All in all, in what could be a close-knit affair, it is Katiypour that looks the one to be on.
Gallantry 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 9l behind King's Caprice (8-12) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sept.
Bobski (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway 2f out, edged left from over 1f out, driven to challenge and hung left well inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Resplendent Nova (8-9) by.
Regal Royale 33-1 (8-5) Always behind, last of 8, 16l behind Speedy Sam (8-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Katiypour (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) In touch, chased leader 2f out, headway to challenge 1f, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Fajr (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
St Petersburg 6-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, no progress final 2f, 8th of 10, 4l behind Atlantic Story (8-2) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Red Birr (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, chased leaders after 2f, ridden and lost place over 3f out, last of 9, 10l behind Fajr (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Count Kristo 8-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 7, 3l behind Oddsmaker (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Trifti 14-1 (8-11) Disputed 2nd place, hard ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Rapid City (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Definite Guest (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Mid division, headway over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 17, 5l behind Balavista (9-9) at Haydock 1m hcp (3) gd in Jun '05.