Intibaah boasts the highest handicap rating as he drops in class but is best in soft ground as when third in the French provinces last month. Fairway To Heaven also has decent claims on these terms having won at Windsor in August but has been off the track since September and MANATEE BAY is preferred. He won a handicap over track and trip last month and should go close again despite the unfavourable terms. Yeeoow and Among Angels are closely matched at the weights thought the former arrives in the better form.
Manatee Bay 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, never reached leaders, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Pearl Spectre (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Sandstream 50-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 19 1/2l behind Noble Star (9-5) at Newcastle 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Intibaah (8-13) 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Winshine (9-5) at Lyon-Parilly 5f stks sft in Nov.
Doc Sportello (IRE) 6-1fav (10-2) Dwelt, soon switched left towards stands' side rail, in rear, never a factor, pushed along and no impression halfway, 14th 1f out, kept on one pace, 13th of 16, 13 3/4l behind Sors (9-3) at Curragh 5f hcp sft in May.
Yeeoow (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3l behind Oriental Relation (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (3) pol in Dec.
Among Angels 33-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside 3f out, well beaten final 2f, 11th of 13, 7 1/4l behind Exalted (8-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in May.
Fairway To Heaven (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 6th of 9, 4 1/4l behind Pettochside (8-11) at Salisbury 6f hcp (4) sft in Sep.
Jubilee Brig 33-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, lost place 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind Inaam (9-5) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Dec.