Philip Hide wouldn't have had many runners on the Flat but has acquired a nice type in STIR TRADER from Roger Charlton and the lightly-raced four-year-old can gain his third success on Polytrack. He has already scored over 6f and 7f and showed with a fine run behind Lowther over this course and distance last month that he has no problems with the longer trip. Guest Of Honour is an obvious threat as he was having just his fourth start when completing a double here in December and, having been freshened up with a break, he looks certain to be in the firing-line. Kindia is another lightly-raced type and, having scored in the French Provinces, she looks ready to double her winning tally soon. Prince Of Burma hasn't won for over a year but has gradually slipped to a fair mark and it would be no surprise to see a big effort from the three-times Polytrack winner. Pearl Nation hasn't run since August but has the potential to do better this year.
Guest of Honour (IRE) 9-4fav (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Multi Bene (9-2) by 2l, 7 ran.
Loyalty 8-1 (9-0) Slow into stride in rear, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, never near leaders, 3rd of 8, 7l behind The Lock Master (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Greensward 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and effort 2f out, no impression, 11th of 18, 10l behind Go Dutch (8-8) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) gd in Aug.
Perfect Cracker 25-1 (8-7) Reluctant and led to start, took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along and struggling over 2f out, 10th of 14, 16l behind Landaman (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f app hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Pearl Nation (USA) 3-1fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Roninski (9-3) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Trois Vallees (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 16l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Stir Trader (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up, headway over 2f out, soon switched left and ridden, ran on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not able to get to winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Lowther (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Prince Of Burma (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, not clear run over 1f out and again inside final furlong, driven and kept on same pace final 100 yards, never able to challenge, 5th of 7, 3l behind Al's Memory (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Dutch Old Master 11-4 (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17l behind Halling Dancer (8-11) at Ascot 1m Apprentice Handicap (0-85) (3yo) (4) gs in Jul.
Brocklebank (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Raced wide in touch, ridden and edged right well over 2f out, no progress final 2f, last of 7, 13l behind Light From Mars (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Kindia (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Steadied in rear, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Diplomatic (8-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.