Galileo's Spear has returned a losing favourite on the last three occasions and is worth opposing once again. Shine Baby Shine has been hurdling and both previous wins on the all-weather came at Southwell while Rubenesque also returns to the Flat but both of her wins so far came on Turf. Grey Mist scored over track and trip recently and can go well again but a chance is taken on dual 1m4f winner SEASEARCH improving for the longer distance given half-brother and former stablemate Chesil Beach won over 2m and Andrew Balding’s charge gets the nod in the opener.
Galileo's Spear (FR) 5-2fav (9-7) Raced wide in touch, pushed along 7f out, headway to join leader 4f out, ridden over 2f out, driven and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Scrafton (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Shine Baby Shine 9-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, at Newcastle 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Grey Mist 11-1 (9-3) Always well placed, chased leader 5f out, ridden to lead 2f out, held on gamely final furlong, won at Newcastle 2m hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Trautmann (10-1) by shd, 12 ran.
Isharah (USA) 50-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, pushed along and no impression early straight, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 18 3/4l behind Jake Peter (9-5) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Dec.
Seasearch 14-1 (9-4) Dwelt always towards rear, 11th of 13, 6 3/4l behind Taurean Dancer (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Highway Robber 17-2 (9-1) Held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 13 1/4l behind Grey Mist (9-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Sigurd (GER) 50-1 (11-11) Close up, pushed along and lost place 5th, ridden 7th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, dist behind Benny In Milan (12-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Dizoard 4-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, eased towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m 6f hcp (5) gf in Nov beating Son Of Feyan (10-4) by 12l, 8 ran.
Rubenesque (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Miss Spent (11-5) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gd in Dec.