Tijori never threatened when favourite for a seller at Worcester last time but still finished well ahead of Maxximus and looks a better bet than stable companion and hurdling newcomer Petrify. A Little Bit Dusty won at Southwell in August and has been in action on the Flat since. Flash Crash and Russian Link would both have each-way claims at the weights while Knight's Parade would take all the beating if back to his best, though he's become very disappointing. BARTON ROSE was successful when last appearing in this grade in March. She'll appreciate today's softer ground and looks the one to be on.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Always in rear, bad mistake 4th, mistake 6th, soon behind, jumped left and pushed along 8th, ridden and mistake 11th, weakened, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Don Vincenzo (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f gd in Oct.
A Little Bit Dusty 7-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 8l behind San Quentin (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Barton Rose 4-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, driven to chase front pair next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 6, 6 1/4l behind Presenting Lisa (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Tijori (IRE) 9-4fav (10-10) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st, hampered next, ridden in 3rd before 3 out, mistake 2 out, unable to get on terms, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 13 1/4l behind Church Field (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gd in Oct.
Flash Crash 14-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 7th, soon ridden, well beaten after next, 5th of 6, dist behind Net Work Rouge (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Maxximus (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold, hampered 2nd, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 5, dist behind Church Field (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gd in Oct.
Petrify 8-1 (9-1) Started slowly, always behind, 11th of 12, 36 3/4l behind Megalala (9-3) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (6) sft in Oct.
Desroches (GER) 50-1 (10-12) Led to 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 9, dist behind Welcometothejungle (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f (4) gd in Aug.
Russian Link 8-1 (11-11) Held up, reminders 3rd and soon in rear, behind when pulled up before 4 out, at Fakenham 2m hcp (4) sft in Dec.