Hot Spark, Santefisio and Avon Lady all have claims on the book but are making their seasonal debuts, as is Divine Call who would have been the selection if he hadn't been dealt the worst of the draw. Whispering Spirit is inconsistent and Caprio is best in claimers nowadays so it could pay to stick with THUNDERBALL. He's won two of his last three starts over C&D under today's promising apprentice and, given he was eased in the closing stages last time, is taken to confirm running with Street Power today.
Majuro (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Almahaza (8-13) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Hot Spark 14-1 (9-2) Close up, effort over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Bullwhip (9-9) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Santefisio 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on closing stages, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Follow The Flag (8-9) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Street Power (USA) 9-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Thunderball (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Thunderball 6-1 (8-10) Made all, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, held on well towards finish, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Jake The Snake (9-7) by nk, 8 ran.
Whispering Spirit (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Hulcote Rose (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Caprio (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, effort to chase winner over 2f out until over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Maze (9-12) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Divine Call 4-7fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led entering final 3f, soon in command, eased inside final furlong, readily, won at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct beating Lay Claim (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Master Mylo (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Warning Song (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Sakhee's Pearl 10-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 14, 7l behind New Leyf (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Avon Lady 10-3 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep beating Breathless Kiss (9-8) by hd, 11 ran.
Tevez 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on outside over 2f out, hung left approaching final furlong, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 4l behind George Benjamin (9-6) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Copperwood 5-1 (9-5) Held up, headway entering final 2f, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Khandaq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sunshine Always (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Close up, ridden to chase winner 1f out, no impression near finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Willow Dancer (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.