LIBERTY VALANCE is taken to land the last, while Hollow Jo may again go well. The Sylvester Kirk-trained selection has a good pitch towards the inside, and he ran with plenty of credit here last time when battling on well and just being nabbed close to home. Trip and surface clearly suit him and he can go one better today. Hollow Jo looked a particularly awkward ride when being kidded into winning here by Fergus Sweeney last week. Despite the fact that John Jenkins has his runners in good nick, the extra furlong here perhaps won't suit so well and we'll take on the gelding. This is the optimum trip for Batchworth Blaise, who encountered traffic problems here last week. This looks a reasonable mark for him and with better luck in running he should be thereabouts. Guildenstern represents a yard going well enough and he has been on the premises in each of his three runs since landing a Wolverhampton handicap off a 1lb lower mark in November. He merits plenty of respect. Over To You Bert acts well here but probably needs a drop in the weights before winning and we will side with Liberty Valance.
Over To You Bert 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 13, 6l behind Marmooq (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Guildenstern (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Street Power (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Thabaat 7-2jt-fav (8-8) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Downhill Skier (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Admirals Way 11-2 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 13, 14l behind Yes Eighteen (9-5) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo app hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Hollow Jo 6-1 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol beating Tadlil (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Liberty Valance (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) In touch, chased leader over 1f out, led briefly close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Marmooq (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Palais Polaire 14-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression on leaders over 1f out, 11th of 13, 8l behind Street Power (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Grizedale (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Never dangerous, 7th of 10, 7l behind Hollow Jo (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol.
Batchworth Blaise 33-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, not clear run approaching final furlong, kept on again, 6th of 13, 5l behind Takitwo (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Fun In The Sun 6-1 (9-1) Towards rear, stayed on for over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Piccolo Diamante (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Outer Hebrides 7-1 (8-5) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Norcroft (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Greek Secret 9-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, switched right approaching final furlong, short of room soon after, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Perlachy (8-12) at Great Leighs 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Ocean Pride (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Raced wide, mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and no impression after, 8th of 13, 6l behind Northern Dune (8-11) at Great Leighs 1m 2f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Dec.
Metropolitan Chief 20-1 (9-3) Pulled hard, in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 16th of 18, 17l behind Imperial Lucky (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) gf in Jun.