Verdict

ARTHUR’S ANGEL came good at Chelmsford last week on only his second start handicapping. He’s penalised today but an apprentice’s allowance helps on that score and John Ryan’s charge can confirm running with third-placed Nurse Dee. The latter can figure again while Decadent was placed over 6f here on her handicap bow and the likes of Desert Boots. Talking Point and Tataboq all go handicapping for the first time.

Formwatch

Cuban Cigar 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and no impression on outside over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Marsabit (9-0) at Kempton 1m (5) pol in Nov.

Arthur’s Angel (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, led 1f out, ran on well, won at Chelmsford City 7f (6) pol in Nov beating Tommytwohoots (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.

Talking Point (IRE) 9-4fav (9-9) Bumped leaving stalls, raced keenly with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 12 1/2l behind Imperial Butterfly (9-3) at Newcastle 7f (6) pol in Oct.

Desert Boots 25-1 (9-1) Switched right leaving stalls, in rear, nudged after 3f out, switched left and pushed before final furlong, stayed on strongly, 5th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Mitrosonfire (9-7) at Kempton 6f (5) pol in Nov.

Headshot 33-1 (9-0) Raced wide and always towards rear, 11th of 12, 10 1/4l behind Marsabit (9-0) at Kempton 1m (5) pol in Nov.

Decadent (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead just inside final furlong, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Mammasaidknockuout (9-7) at Lingfield 6f (6) pol in Nov.

Almost An Angel 28-1 (9-5) Led on near side rail, ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Coul Kat (9-7) at Chepstow 1m (6) gd in Sep.

Nurse Dee (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Midfield, headway to chase leaders 2f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Arthur’s Angel (9-7) at Chelmsford City 7f (6) pol in Nov.

Lanika 6-1 (9-4) Prominent on outer, pushed along over 2f out, lost position 2f out, dropped to rear, 12th of 13, 14 1/4l behind Space Kid (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (6) pol in Nov.

Tataboq (IRE) 300-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders early, shuffled back to midfield, minor headway 2f out, no impression from 1f out, 9th of 11, 8 3/4l behind Main Target (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.

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