CUT AND THRUST is looking to end a long losing run here, but looks capable of winning again off his current mark having gone close when third over C&D last time. He gets the vote. Having A Ball also has solid claims, though his previous three wins at this track came over a mile, while Avalon Bay should be winning soon as he continues to drop down the handicap. Young Simon's only victory to date came over 6f here and C&D winner Royal Envoy makes more appeal on his comeback run.
Cut And Thrust (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Blindfold off late, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Yakama (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Having A Ball 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Mountrath (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Avalon Bay 20-1 (10-3) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Minortransgression (10-10) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Yanbu (USA) 9-2 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 39l behind Aerodynamic (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Peace Seeker 28-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and bumped start, behind, struggling when forced very wide on home turn, no progress, 7th of 9, 18l behind Queen Grace (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Young Simon 5-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, ran on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Chester Deelyte (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Nov.
White Shift (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Switched right after start, well in rear, headway over 1f out, not clearest of runs inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 9, 5l behind Dashwood (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Harvest Mist (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furong, no impression, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Gallantry (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Norcroft 16-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Storm Runner (8-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Beating Harmony 25-1 (8-8) Behind, headway on outside 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not reach winner, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Dashing Eddie (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Ghost Dancer 10-1 (8-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 10th of 13, 5l behind Bold Ring (9-4) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Royal Envoy (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Prominent, challenged over 1f out, led entering final furlong, soon headed, unable to quicken, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Cane Cat (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Emerald Royal 100-1 (8-5) Always in rear, last of 8, 12l behind Deerslayer (8-9) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Scruffy Skip (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Outpaced, 12th of 13, 13l behind Bold Ring (9-4) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.