Plenty of deadwood in a big field, but SHAUNAS SPIRIT isn't one of them. She finally got off the mark over C&D on Wednesday and this looks less competitive despite a 6lb penalty. My Best Man is another recent winner over track and trip albeit in a lesser grade and he went close again over 6f here last time, while Saktoon showed a bit more at Southwell on her latest outing. Diplomatic has yet to take advantage of a slide down the weights, but My Jeanie has place claims once again after her latest second at Lingfield behind Cut and Thrust, who runs in the first race on the card. Kyncraighe gained his first success in 22 starts at Wolverhampton on Friday and a quick follow-up isn't out of the question as he had run well there the previous week.
Shaunas Spirit (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Nacho Libre (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
My Best Man 4-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, headway on wide outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind First Class (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Saktoon (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort towards far side 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Beachwood Bay (9-3) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Diplomatic (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) With leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 8th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Love Nest (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Rightcar 17-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on inside over 1f out, chance inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Consistant (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Milton of Campsie 16-1 (9-2) Outpaced in mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 14, 10l behind Monte Cassino (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Jackie Love (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway 5f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, 7th of 13, 1 3/4l behind My Best Man (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
My Jeanie (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Cut And Thrust (9-2) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Tamino (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon driven to chase leaders, hampered soon after, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Waterloo Dock (9-4) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kyncraighe (IRE) 66-1 (8-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Cheers (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Blazing Apostle (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, lost place before halfway, 11th of 14, 26l behind Monte Cassino (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Striking Willow 25-1 (8-10) Led after 2f, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 37l behind Monte Cassino (9-1) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Cavalry Guard (USA) 28-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 9l behind Cheers (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Tunza The Lion 40-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 15l behind Bird Dog (8-12) at Southwell 5f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.