Lii Najma, Kingsmaite and Diamond Dan are three against the field in another wide open finale and the vote is given to Lil Najma. The selection won well last time when making all to beat Dudley Docker and although having a penalty for that win she may well again get an easy lead and with this in mind she will be hard to beat. Diamond Dan rates the main danger as he won well last time when beating Newcorp Lad but the drop in trip has to be a concern. Kingsmaite is another that could go well on his best form but he has shown little of late so cannot be put forward with any confidence. Sir Douglas's best form is over a longer trip while Stoic Leader looks weighted up to the hilt and for the winner we return to Lii Najma.
Sands Crooner (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden halfway, kept on approaching final furlong, not pace to challenge, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Lucayos (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Sir Douglas 10-3 (8-10) Keen, close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Cool Sands (8-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Stoic Leader (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Prominent, ridden along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 7l behind Ektimaal (9-2) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Lii Najma 18-1 (8-5) Made virtually all, strongly challenged from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan beating Dudley Docker (8-8) by 1l, 10 ran.
Mambo Sun 20-1 (8-1) Mid-division and pulled hard, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 14l behind Dragon Slayer (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Kingsmaite 12-1 (8-13) Behind, ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 4th of 12, 8l behind Luckylover (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Diamond Dan (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on strongly to lead last strides, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcap (6) pol in Aug beating Newcorp Lad (9-5) by a hd, 13 ran.
Spark Up 9-1 (8-11) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leaders final furlong, one pace, 6th of 13, 2l behind Harare (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.