HELLBENDER wasn't particularly well treated when landing a claimer at Lingfield last week so it was good effort. He may well follow-up having been raised only 1lb. Bajan Bear steps back up in distance after a close-up third over 6f here last time but Russian Ice makes more appeal after a placed effort over track and trip. First Class has failed to figure since winning here in September but Perfect Mission won off a higher mark on Turf last year and could get involved. Lady Sylvia was beaten only a head over a mile here on her penultimate start and may also make her presence felt.
Hellbender (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Chased leader, pushed along 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on to lead final 100 yards, won at Lingfield 7f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Ocean Legend (8-3) by 1l, 7 ran.
Lady Sylvia 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, effort over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 6l behind Araqella (9-0) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Nov.
Treadwell (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden when not clear run over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 13, 11l behind Alraased (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct '12.
Keene's Pointe 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, outpaced when not much room inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 11l behind Glanely (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Bajan Bear 7-2 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Rigolleto (9-6) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Russian Ice 9-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, kept on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Welsh Sunrise (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Senator Bong 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Kuanyao (8-11) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Kakapuka 20-1 (9-6) Led, headed well over 1f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 10l behind Shaolin (9-6) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Perfect Mission 20-1 (8-7) Led, ridden when headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4l behind Compton (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
First Class 7-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Shaolin (9-6) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Lily Edge 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 23l behind Ishikawa (9-5) at Sandown 1m app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Shifting Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, lost place 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 7l behind Kyllachy Star (8-11) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Golden Desert (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, held up in touch on inside, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced and no chance after, 6th of 7, 5l behind Hellbender (8-10) at Lingfield 7f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Safwaan 8-1 (9-0) In touch, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final fiurlong, lost 3rd post, 4th of 13, 1l behind Icy Blue (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.