Time Square won on this card last year and is back on the same mark as when scoring here in June. He's preferred to Thane Of Cawdor over today's distance as the latter seems best at 1m4f. Minstrel Lad can be given a chance after making the frame at Wolverhampton last time and Petersboden also has place claims. HERBALIST has yet to win but ran well up against higher-rated horses in a claiming race here last time and he gets a speculative vote to finally open his account.
Cantor 11-4 (10-7) Led early, pressed leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Attain (10-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 28l behind Tatting (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
My Manekineko 10-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, good headway to lead over 6f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 3l behind Obboorr (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Xclusive 14-1 (8-10) Keen close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 13l behind Fearless Lad (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Time Square (FR) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Low Key (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Raamz (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 4f out, keeping on when hampered approaching final furlong, no chance and eased soon after, 8th of 11, 18l behind Keene (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Thane of Cawdor (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Held up toward srear, headway towards inside over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind The Ginger Berry (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Minstrel Lad 6-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Kindlelight Storm (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Herbalist 25-1 (8-5) Raced keenly, led, ridden and pressed over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner final 125 yards, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Top Diktat (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Great Conquest (USA) 3-1 (8-12) Reared start, held up in last pair and wide, pushed along 3f out, outpaced and ran wide on bend 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 5l behind Litmus (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Petersboden 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, switched right and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 3l behind Graylyn Ruby (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Cane Cat (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went modest 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Kyle Of Bute (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.