SPELLMAKER had Le King Beau well behind when scoring at Lingfield on his first start since July. With plenty of scope for further progress, Tony Newcombe's charge can go in again dropping down a grade. Kaylee was beaten a length over track and trip last time and has the beating of Lisselton Cross on that form while Metropolitan Chief finished a bit closer on his latest outing at Lingfield. Kerfuffle made the frame on a couple of occasions at the end of last year and could prove best of the rest in first-time blinkers.
Flaxen Lake 7-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no headway, eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 9l behind Medam (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Red Ramesses (IRE) 11-4fav (9-7) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Burnt Cream (9-2) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Brandywell Boy (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, lost 3rd place when no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 6l behind Valdaw (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Old Peg 33-1 (9-7) Dwelt, always towards rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Burnt Cream (9-2) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Spellmaker 2-1fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon in touch, smooth headway halfway, went 2nd 2f out, switched left inside final furlong, led final 150 yards, joined and hung badly left final 100 yards, bumped 2nd near line, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol beating Do More Business (8-11) by nk, 8 ran.
Le King Beau (USA) 12-1 (9-7) Always towards rear and never on terms, 6th of 8, 6l behind Spellmaker (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Kaylee 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 4th of 9, 3/4l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Lisselton Cross 3-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened quickly inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Metropolitan Chief 20-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, pressed leaders, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places in closing stages, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Artful Lady (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Kerfuffle (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway under pressure on inside 2f out, went 4th well over 1f out, no threat, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Pharoh Jake (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Royal Envoy (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Mack's Sister (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Blue Noodles 8-1 (9-1) Held up, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Flow Chart (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.