There's a lot to like about the way Adam Kirby has been riding this winter and he can get a winner here on DEN'S GIFT who has our vote ahead of Audemar while L'Hirondelle will be suited by this step up in trip and can go close. Having knocked hard on the door on his last two efforts the pick may find that door finally swinging open here. The handicapper has done him no favors though by putting his mark up a pound for his latest run but he remains one of the better treated in the line-up. Audemar won under Jamie Spencer two starts ago and the former champion returns to the saddle after being absent for the colt's brave effort to place under a penalty last time. He should run well again but has a bit to prove under this revised mark. L'Hirondelle was very game to just get to the win last time but will need a bit more to follow up. Some improvement may be gleaned by his return to the mile trip so he remains interesting. Outside these Brouhaha looks too high in the weights to win but could get into the place but in a race where plenty have weight carrying skills to prove Den's Gift looks marginally the best treated.
Councellor (FR) 11-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, 10th of 13, 11l behind Wellington Square (9-6) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Grand Vizier (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Close up, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 3l behind Falcativ (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Brouhaha 14-1 (8-8) Led to 7f out, chased leader, led again 5f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Splinter Cell (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
L'Hirondelle (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed briefly inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Seek The Fair Land (9-0) by shd, 7 ran.
Audemar (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Soon steadied into mid division, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, not pace of front pair, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Burgundy Ice (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Den's Gift (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Pegasus Again (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) in Dec.
Hazzard County (USA) 7-1 (9-10) Dwelt, in rear, headway well over 1f out, switched left to challenge approaching final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Irish Mayhem (9-1) at Great Leighs 1m hcp (3) pol in Aug '08.
McConnell (USA) 4-1 (8-6) Broke well, restrained and held up, outpaced when not much room over 4f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 7, 12l behind Reve De Nuit (8-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-100 (2) fbs.
Kinsya 9-1 (8-13) Pulled hard, held up in rear, headway centre 2f out, hung right and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Cape Hawk (9-0) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Bennelong 9-2 (8-11) Last to break, held up and took keen hold, headway over 1f out, soon ridden, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Mustakmil (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Cry Alot Boy 20-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up towards rear, raced keenly, well beaten over 1f out, 8th of 11, 14l behind Confidentiality (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Street Devil (USA) 11-2 (10-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, hung left when headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind General Tufto (10-5) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Gallantry 16-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Pegasus Again (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) in Dec.
Casual Style 9-4fav (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, not reached leaders and one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Efficiency (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec '08.