COSSACK PRINCE can steal this race from likely market leaders, Such Optimism and Wicked Daze. Early pace is what Linda Mongan's representative is all about and put simply, if he gets far enough clear he could leave plenty of red faces in the weighing room post the race. Such Optimism is officially rated 82. She won on debut though has struggled to get her head infront. The decision to continually up her in trip is interesting. Wicked Daze stays two miles so is effectively dropping down again. Satwa Queen is not straight forward though this noted back runner will be making progress from off the home turn. Mustajed is back to his best trip tonight and while he has won at Lingfield over it, he has not done so at Kempton. Pugilist has had a recent spell at the winter game though had shown some ability for Brian Meehan. Blow Hole has regressed spectacularly since leaving Jeremy Noseda so that BHA rating could be unreliable at present. A race that could be nicked by a canny ride and Cossack Prince might be the one to do so.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 7-2 (9-12) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, until inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Brett Vale (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cossack Prince 16-1 (9-2) Led after 2f, headed after 3f, remained close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 20l behind Dream Of Fortune (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Mustajed 2-1fav (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on entering final furlong, never going pace to challenge leaders, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Dream In Blue (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Pocket Too 8-1 (10-0) Prominent, went 2nd 8f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 10th of 12, 21l behind King Red (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Satwa Gold (USA) 9-4fav (9-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 16l behind Tripitaka (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Blow Hole (USA) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Captain Jacksparra (9-8) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (6) pol in Jul.
Ibbetson (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Slick Mover (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Quince (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 9f out, headed over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 16l behind Sircozy (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Pugilist 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, lost place 2f out, 12th of 16, 13l behind Wiggy Smith (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcap (5) gd in Oct '08.
Ouste (FR) 20-1 (8-5) Started very slowly, held up last, ridden over 2f out, some late headway from over 1f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tecktal (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Such Optimism 15-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied to go moderate 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Full Toss (9-8) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Allperksonice 14-1 (10-5) Led, raced keenly, not fluent 3rd headed after 5th, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 37l behind Isintshelovely (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.