A handful of these have solid claims including Muhandis, whose recent C&D victory over Mr Knightley gives him the beating of Al's Memory on collateral form. The latter was only beaten a short-head at Wolverhampton last time while Russian Ice went close over a mile here recently and Only Ten Per Cent was beaten just a length in a claimer at Kempton last month. MASAI MOON is yet another threatening to get his head back in front and, though his previous wins on the all-weather have been at Southwell, he's equally at home on the Polytrack and gets the nod.
The Guru Of Gloom (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Took keen hold towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 14, 11l behind Don Libre (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep.
Masai Moon 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Only Ten Per Cent (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway and not much room over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Polar Kite (8-13) at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
Russian Ice 6-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on and every chance inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Fairyinthewind (9-3) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
April Fool 11-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 7l behind On The Hoof (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Muhandis (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on strongly inside final furlong to lead final strides, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec beating Mr Knightley (9-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Al's Memory (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Chased leader, led over 1f out, stringly challenged inside final furlong, headed closing stages, no extra, 2nd of 11, shd behind On The Hoof (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.