CAPTAIN DION did extremely well to score at Newcastle 12 days ago as he made all, something that has happened rarely there since the laying of the all-weather surface. Kevin Stott retains the ride and he should go close again despite a 5lb higher mark. He proved he stays this longer trip when runner-up at Newmarket last season on his first start after a gelding operation. Joey's Destiny's close second to Intransigent at Kempton last month brings him right into the mix off an unchanged mark, although his failure to win since the summer of 2014 is a slight negative. Nimr has definite claims for the Fahey yard as he has a course success to his name and further improvement is likely after just seven career starts, while George Cinq is a consistent sort at this level but much will depend on his readiness for action after a break dating back to last August.
George Cinq 4-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 6 3/4l behind Early Morning (9-10) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Russian Soul (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, some progress in 9th 1f out, kept on well between horses inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 5th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Ishebayorgrey (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Dec.
Suqoor 14-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, last of 12, 9 1/2l behind Dougan (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (3) pol in Oct.
Nimr 9-2 (8-10) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led narrowly halfway, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Flaming Spear (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Shyron 33-1 (8-10) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 1f out, weakened towards finish, 7th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Flaming Spear (9-2) at Newcastle 7f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Captain Dion 11-8fav (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newcastle 6f hcp (4) pol in Jan beating Dark Side Dream (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Joey's Destiny (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Intransigent (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Alejandro (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, headed 4f out, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Firmdecisions (9-6) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Swiss Cross 14-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Make Music (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) pol in Jan.