WANAASAH caught the rest of the field napping when making all over 2m here earlier in the week under a fine ride from Dylan Hogan. She won’t be allowed the same leeway today but drops down a grade and can defy a penalty. Grenadier Guard raced prominently for a long way over a longer trip at Newcastle last time and is fitted with headgear today but Blazon is usually held up and will be hoping to benefit from a decent pace. Willkommen has a bit to prove over the distance judged on recent efforts having won over 1m4f here earlier and Iconic Belle is preferred on last month’s second over track and trip.
Iconic Belle 10-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, led 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 6 1/2l behind Clap Your Hands (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Wanaasah 12-1 (9-1) Made all, soon 10 lengths clear, increased lead 12f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 1f out, eased final furlong, unchallenged, won at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (4) pol in Jan beating Fearless Warrior (9-7) by 5 1/2l, 10 ran.
Conkering Hero (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up in last trio, behind 3f out, plugged on late, 6th of 8, 16 3/4l behind Vibrance (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Metatrons Cube (IRE) 125-1 (9-7) Not much room start, always towards rear, 9th of 12, 12 1/4l behind Clem A (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Nelson River 50-1 (11-7) Tracked clear leader (winner) to 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, 20 1/4l behind Cornerstone Lad (11-7) at Newcastle 2m (1) hvy in Nov.
Blazon 7-2 (11-2) In rear, hanging left and outpaced after 6th, weakened before 3 out, last of 4, dist behind Your Band (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Grenadier Guard (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 5 1/4l behind Nataleena (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Chantecler 7-1 (11-6) Made most, driven when hard pressed after 3 out, headed next, ridden and weakened approaching last, 5th of 8, 13l behind Monday Club (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Tigray (USA) 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, soon eased, last of 5, 27 3/4l behind Noble Behest (9-12) at Southwell 2m hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Mouriyani (USA) 25-1 (9-9) Tracked leader 10f out, every chance 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Be Fair (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Willkommen 4-1 (9-7) Close up, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 3/4l behind Power Home (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.