Bold Prediction bids to repeat last year’s success but has won twice subsequently and is 14lb higher today. Alfred Hutchinson won a classified race here last time when beating only three rivals and is closely matched with Grey Mirage on earlier running behind My Target here. Third Time Lucky and Georgian Bay finished upsides when behind Mythical Madness at Wolverhampton recently while Mr Bossy Boots was ahead of Presumido when going close over 7f recently. But QAFFAAL was four lengths in front of Lunar Deity when narrowly beaten in this grade at Chelmsford last time and Mick Easterby’s charge may well return to winning ways having landed a hat-trick before that.
Alfred Hutchinson 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f stks (3) pol in Nov beating Seychelloise (8-9) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Third Time Lucky (IRE) 7-2 (9-10) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway to lead over 7f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened, 9th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Mythical Madness (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Majestic Moon (IRE) 100-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 6 1/4l behind Chester Street (8-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Grey Mirage 7-2 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, last of 8, 2 3/4l behind He's No Saint (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (3) pol in Dec.
Lunar Deity 50-1 (9-2) Held up, towards rear, some late headway, never on terms, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Chester Street (8-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Mr Bossy Boots (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Raced wide, in touch, ridden over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, ran on to go 3rd final strides, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind He's No Saint (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (3) pol in Dec.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Led 2f, chased winner, every chance 2f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Flaming Spear (9-4) at Newcastle 1m hcp (3) pol in Dec.
My Target (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Led after 1f, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 14th of 15, 22 1/2l behind Qaffaal (8-9) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (3) pol in Dec.
Bold Prediction (IRE) 11-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Breakable (9-10) at Ripon 1m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Presumido (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Steadied and switched right start, held up in last pair, good headway on inside tracking leaders over 2f out, quickened to lead over 1f out, strongly pressed near finish, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp (4) pol in Dec beating Franco's Secret (8-13) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Qaffaal (USA) 10-3fav (8-5) Held up, towards rear, headway on outside chasing leaders over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 12, shd behind Chester Street (8-4) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Passing Star 5-2jfav (9-7) Raced wide, held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Carolinae (8-12) at Lingfield 1m hcp (4) pol in Nov.