DARING DRAGON has more scope than most and gets another chance. Ed Walker's charge ran well for second off today's mark at Kempton having won his maiden before that and can confirm superiority with First Class today. Golden Desert and Eager To Bow finished further behind the selection last time, while Kuanyao was winning his first race since 2010 when landing a claimer at Kempton recently. Black Dave looks a bigger threat as he finished a creditable fourth in a higher grade handicap at Wolverhampton on his latest start.
Russian Ice 33-1 (9-6) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 12l behind Araqella (9-0) at Kempton 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Nov.
Daring Dragon 4-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Emkanaat (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Repetition 9-2 (9-2) With leaders, lost place when switched left and ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 11l behind King Bertie (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Eager To Bow (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 8th of 14, 5l behind Emkanaat (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Kuanyao (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Made all, pushed clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, unchallenged, won at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Alis Aquilae (9-1) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Black Dave (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Behind, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and stayed on on outside final furlong, went 4th post, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-77 (4) pol in Nov.
Midnight Feast 14-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and effort over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 6l behind Diplomatic (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Victorian Number (FR) 7-2 (9-7) Unseated rider start, in a race won by Prince Of Burma (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov, 13 ran.
Golden Desert (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, ridden and kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Prince Of Burma (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
First Class 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and headway on outside 1f out, stayed on, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Emkanaat (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Club House (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Started very slowly, in rear and never involved, 9th of 10, 8l behind The Great Gabrial (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Princess Patsky (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 11, 17l behind Viennese Verse (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.