Katy Spirit dead-heated for first place with Indian Affair over track and trip a fortnight ago. Dropping down a grade for this, she should confirm running with Forceful Flame and Claude Greenwood and go close again but DESERT DONKEY is just preferred. The latter makes his handicap debut having been beaten only a short-head at Lingfield last time, with Jimmy Elder well beaten, and further progress is expected from Andrew Balding's charge. Roland scored at Wolverhampton before a below-par effort on the Fibresand and Tregereth had Iwilsayzisonlyonce behind when third over the minimum trip on her latest start.
Katy Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Chased leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out upsides throughout final furlong, ran on to force deat heat on line, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol deadheating with Indian Affair (8-12), 9 ran.
Forceful Flame 33-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to trouble leaders, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Indian Affair (8-5) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jimmy Elder 2-1 (8-11) Keen to post, pulled hard chasing leaders, ridden and no response 2f out, soon dropped out in rear, carried head high and not run on, 7th of 8, 9l behind Secret Of Success (8-6) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Roland 5-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked winner, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 18l behind Apache Rising (9-1) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Desert Donkey 7-4fav (8-4) Chased winner, challenged 2f out, ran on and every chance throughout final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Secret Of Success (8-6) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol.
Claude Greenwood 12-1 (8-12) Held up off the pace towards rear, no progress final 2f, 8th of 9, 5l behind Indian Affair (8-5) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Tregereth (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Ada Lovelace (9-6) at Lingfield 5f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Iwilsayzisonlyonce 16-1 (7-13) Dwelt in rear, outpaced halfway, last of 7, 9l behind Windforpower (9-0) at Kempton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.