SENSIBLE is the sensible option in the opener with doubts surrounding most of the runners although official ratings have Anfield Road and Bite The Boss down as the two to beat. Anfield Road has the highest official rating having shown some ability in Ireland but he disappointed on his final two starts on the level for his previous connections and didn't show all that much in a fair race over hurdles for this yard last month. Bite The Boss was beaten a fair way at Southwell but it may be worth looking on that run more favourably as it was his first since October of last year. He had shown ability in three turf starts prior to that run and market support would be encouraging. Evette and Bring It Home have their work cut out at the weights but Sensible doesn't have quite so much to find. She ran well at this track on debut for this yard over ten furlongs where she shaped as though she may appreciate this longer trip. So with form and affinity for the track confirmed it's worth taking the chance that Sensible will see this out.
Bring It On Home 5-2 (9-9) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Yab Adee (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Nov.
My Mate Granite (USA) High Yield gelding out of Fellwaati.
A Valley Away (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Dwelt, held up last, ridden 3f out, soon outpaced, never dangerous final 2f, 5th of 6, 10l behind Capstan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn aut stk (5) pol in Nov.
Coco L'Escargot 12-1 (9-4) Behind, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 14l behind Yab Adee (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Nov.
Anfield Road 10-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden 4f out, 4th before straight, no extra from under 2f out, 9th of 16, 11l behind Shanghai Star (9-13) at Roscommon 1m 4f mdn stk gs in Sept.
Bite The Boss 7-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden along over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 15l behind Red Expresso (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn aut stk (6) fbs.
Bonzo 10-1 (9-3) Prominent until weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Yab Adee (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Nov.
Smetana 6-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, soon hung right, one pace, 6th of 13, 9l behind Hawk Mountain (8-9) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp (6) gd in Aug.
Classic Dancer 66-1 (8-12) Held up, behind over 3f out, last of 10, 37l behind Spouk (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) pol in Nov.
Evette 16-1 (8-11) Behind, stayed on steadily final 2f, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 4l behind Fernlawn Hope (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov '07.
Flowerbud Fantastic Light filly out of Maidment.
Sensible 4-1 (8-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, effort when not clear run 1f out, switched right and kept on, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Mayfair's Future (8-10) at Great Leighs 1m 2f mdn aut stk (6) pol in Nov.