Grand Honour had Bold Diva, Commandingpresence and Rainsborough behind when third over C&D last time and another bold bid looks on the cards. Royal Acclamation won over 6f here recently but, with the usual 6lb rise in the weights, he may struggle to confirm placings with runner-up Jemimaville. VALENTINO SWING was winning off a much higher mark at this time last year and, given he was beaten less than a length by Crystallize over C&D recently, Mike Appleby's charge gets the vote to return to winning ways here.
Batchworth Blaise 9-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, wide and driven bend well over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 7l behind Shared Moment (9-0) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Royal Acclamation (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Held up, good headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Jemimaville (8-13) by 2l, 8 ran.
Commandingpresence (USA) 40-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Bold Diva 12-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, soon ridden and pressing leaders, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Rainsborough 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place 2f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Valentino Swing (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Behind, headway 2f out, switched sharply right to inside over 1f out, soon 3rd and stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Crystallize (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Fortunate Bid (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) In touch on inside, badly hampered and hit rail inside final 4f, going well 2f out,staying on when not clear run ad switched left just inside final furlong, no danger after, 9th of 12, 7l behind Join Up (10-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Hi Spec (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, always behind, 9th of 11, 14l behind Very Well Red (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Grand Honour (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Jemimaville (IRE) 15-2 (8-13) In rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Royal Acclamation (8-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Zim Ho 14-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Crystallize (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Boundless Applause 11-1 (8-12) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, staying on same pace under pressure when hampered inside final furlong, eased, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Hi Spec (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.