BURNT CREAM wasn't beaten far when fourth at Bath last time having won at the same track earlier. He gets the nod off the same mark today ahead of Imperial Spirit, 7lb higher than when scoring at Wolverhampton last month. Pharoh Jake has yet to win off a mark as high as today's while Metropolitan Chief only picked up a Class 7 handicap here a fortnight ago when beating Volcanic Dust a nose and both will find this tougher.
Pharoh Jake 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led briefly entering final furlong, no impression when lost 2nd final 100 yards, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 15, 5l behind Koharu (9-6) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Imperial Spirit 7-1 (9-0) Led, pushed along over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Tiger's Home (9-0) at Bath 6f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Outbid 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Gregori (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Burnt Cream 5-1 (9-2) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Compton Prince (9-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Coconut Kisses 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 16, 12l behind Tiger's Home (9-0) at Bath 6f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Sarah Berry 11-2 (9-6) Chased leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4l behind French Press (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Metropolitan Chief 20-1 (9-3) Tried to anticipate start, soon chasing leaders, went 2nd entering final furlong, ridden and strong challenge close home, led post, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Volcanic Dust (9-4) by ns, 9 ran.
Volcanic Dust (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Slight lead, ridden inside final furlong, strongly pressed close home, headed post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Metropolitan Chief (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Exkaliber 6-1 (8-10) Outpaced, 9th of 11, 10l behind Imperial Spirit (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Salford Prince (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 37l behind Brown Pete (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May '12.
Borough Boy (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) In touch, headway over 2f out, switched right to challenge over 1f ot, led inside final furlong, soon headed and edged left, no extra, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Talqaa (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
South Kenter (USA) 50-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind First Class (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.