Three times a winner over C&D, Vhujon has been running well in similar company of late and has to come into the reckoning. However, he may find giving so much weight to SUPER FRANK beyond him. The latter won at Lingfield last month but his recent third over C&D off a higher mark was an even better performance and John Akehurst's charge gets the vote. Silver Guest needed a mile trip to end his losing run earlier this month and Elhamri makes more appeal on the back of his recent 6f win at Southwell.
Italian Tom (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 8th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Breathless Kiss (9-4) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Vhujon (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway under pressure well over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 3l behind Cape Melody (8-10) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Desert Strike 16-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, in touch, ridden halfway, weakened 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (8-10) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Elhamri 5-2 (9-4) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, readily, won at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs beating Clear Ice (8-12) by 7l, 6 ran.
Silver Guest 10-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, closed and going well from 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol beating Shared Moment (8-8) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Lord of The Reins (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, some headway final furlong, never a threat, 7th of 11, 6l behind Under Review (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mind The Monarch 16-1 (8-10) Chased leading trio, ridden over 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 7l behind Young Simon (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Super Frank (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) In touch, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, kept on to press for 2nd, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Under Review (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.