19:00 Kempton Wed 16 January 2019
Four-time course winner including one over this distance. Ran well last time in stronger company and over a mile at Lingfield and these conditions are more suitable. Likely to go well again for in-form yard.
Picked up cheaply for £5,000 in October following back to form win on final start for Mark Johnston. Below that level albeit in a tough race on stable debut at Lingfield. Should be better for the run but remains on a high mark.
Front-runner won his last two here to make it four course wins and now raised 6lb. Has won in the past off 1lb lower and won with plenty in hand over 6f last time. Better suited by this trip and may be hard to peg back.
Was well tried for Alan King and likewise ran in competitive handicaps on both starts at Newmarket for new yard. 202-day absence to overcome but has won twice previously when fresh including following a similar break. Respected on AW debut.
Won three of her last last four for Neil Mulholland over a mile here and added a fourth career success over the same C&D. Suited by a strong tempo there so drop in trip not really a plus but remains a consistent performer.
Has a good record over a mile and not disgraced back up to that distance at Chelmsford in a slowly run race. Drop back in trip a negative on first run here and this is stronger company.
Ended a lengthy losing run with a win at Chelmsford in November and went close in a bid for successive wins when runner-up. Back to that level in this grade at Southwell last start and remains feasibly handicapped. Place possibilities.
Handles this surface but boasts a far better AW record on the fibresand at Southwell. Not disgraced on last three starts there but this is a higher grade and others preferred.
Last Year's Winner
Burguillos (11/4), Happy Escape (7/2), Exchequer (7/2), Roman Spinner (5/1), Gentlemen (7/1), Eljaddaaf (7/1), Lefortovo (7/1), Hammer Gun (20/1), Book of Dreams (25/1)
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