Icebuster has looked in the handicappers grip for some time now and the veteran Nanton recorded his only win since 2011 in an amateurs race at York during the summer. SCOTTISH STAR finished just ahead of Presburg when runner-up over 1m3f here last time and he gets another chance racing off the same mark today. There wasn't much between Deserted and Burnham at this track a fortnight ago when the former finished third while both Grendisar and One Pursuit had excuses last time and are not easily dismissed on their earlier efforts.
Icebuster 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 25, 2 3/4l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Nanton (USA) 100-1 (8-5) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 22nd of 33, 27l behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
John Biscuit (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not clear run over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 12, 10l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Scottish Star 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Diamond Mine (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Burnham 4-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Nimiety 9-2 (9-12) Took keen hold tracking leader, led after 1f, joined 2f out, soon ridden and headed, no chance with winner, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Jazz Master (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Presburg (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd near finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Diamond Mine (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Grendisar (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Always behind, eased over 2f out, 8th of 10, well behind Bin Singspiel (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (2) pol in Oct.
One Pursuit (IRE) 5-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden to go remote 3rd 5f out, weakened 3f out, 3rd of 7, 38l behind Masterful Act (9-9) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) fbs.
Silver Dixie (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, effort over 2f out, soon beaten, 14th of 25, 10l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-9) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 9th of 11, 37l behind Solaras Exhibition (8-12) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun '12.
King Olav (UAE) 20-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 17l behind Uphold (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Deserted 4-1fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, not clear run, hampered and lost place over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed to take 2nd, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.