Neil King's Chalice Welcome won well enough at Lingfield last week but a 6lb penalty for that success makes an attempt to follow up hard and a better bet looks to be the reappearing INCENDO, who gets the vote over Trachonitis. The John Jenkins-trained gelding bounced back to form when chasing home Jeer over course and distance last month he has every chance off just a 2lb higher mark today. Gary Moore's Free Tussy has a bit to find with Trachonitis on running behind Jeer, while Hannicean also has form that ties in with Jeer having been narrowly beaten behind Mick Easterby's runner at Wolverhampton but he may be better suited by the slower Polytrack surface at Dunstall Park. Richard Guest's Kames Park won very well at Wolverhampton last month and has to be respected despite having been raised 5lbs for that success and he does handle this track but preference is for Incendo. James Fanshawe's gelding won a shade cheekily over course and distance when last seen here in October and he can defy an 8lb rise for that success and make a winning return.
Stand Guard 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 3f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 24l behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Scamperdale 8-1 (9-4) Chased winner, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened 1f out, last of 7, 11l behind Stand Guard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 22-1 (9-6) In rear, never dangerous, 11th of 15, 24l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-8) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct.
Chalice Welcome 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon in touch, pushed wide into straight 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Red Hot Desert (8-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Free Tussy (ARG) 11-8fav (9-0) Held up well off the pace, progress to 3rd 3f out, still plenty to do, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Jeer (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Trachonitis (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Steadied start, keen early, held up in last place well off the pace, still plenty to do 2f out, ridden and headway approaching 1f out, ran to take 2nd final strides, not reached winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Jeer (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Incendo 12-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, challenged on bit over 1f out, took narrow lead inside final furlong, rider never moved, very cheekily, won at Kempton 1m 4f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct beating Itlaaq (9-2) by hd, 10 ran.
Kames Park (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Started slowly, held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating William's Way (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Relative Strength (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, one pace, 5th of 9, 8l behind Kimberley Downs (7-10) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Hannicean 16-1 (9-1) Held up, pulled hard, headway to press winner 9f out, every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Jeer (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.