Red Somerset comes out best at the weights with his rider's allowance taken into consideration. He's the one to beat if running up to his best form but is returning from a lay-off and SYRIAN can take advantage. Ian Williams' charge ran out an easy winner of a seller over C&D a fortnight ago and his earlier form with Majuro gives him the beating of today's rivals Faithful Ruler and Una Pelota. Stand Guard and Mastership are difficult to win with these days though the latter makes most appeal judged on his more recent efforts.
Red Somerset (USA) 6-1 (9-3) In rear, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 11l behind High Twelve (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
Stand Guard 8-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Star Links (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Jan.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Prominent, tracked winner 8f out, ridden over 2f out, hung left when no impression over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Majuro (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.
Mastership (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, never a factor, 6th of 8, 4l behind Smalljohn (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Syrian 5-4fav (9-4) Steadied start, keen held up in last place, rapid headway to lead 2f out, soon came center, carried head high and soon clear, edged right and ridden out final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jan beating Grand Vizier (9-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Una Pelota (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, ridden 3f out, well held over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 15l behind Majuro (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.