BUSTER BROWN won at Wolverhampton in October but proved a letdown when beaten at odds-on last time. Ryan Moore's presence suggests he's expected to bounce back today and he gets the vote. Dundalk winner The Firm ran well enough on his first start for a new yard over a mile here and attempts a longer trip for the first time while Standing Strong scored over course and distance before a couple of outings over further and he can figure. Super Duplex finished ahead of Copperwood when beaten only a head at this track last month and is another to consider.
Nelson Quay (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along well over 2f out, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Athletic (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Buster Brown (IRE) 10-11fav (9-10) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden and no impression final 2f, 6th of 9, 8l behind Brave Decision (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
The Firm (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold chasing leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Cravat (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Understory (USA) 7-2 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Arabian Heights (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
L'Hirondelle (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) In touch on outside, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, last of 14, 17l behind Flamborough Breeze (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb '13.
Standing Strong (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Able Dash (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Wings Of Fire (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Keen soon steadied to rear, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 8, 33l behind Wonder Weapon (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Loucal 11-4 (9-3) Took keen hold early, held up in 5th, reminder halfway, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Minority Interest (9-3) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug.
Super Duplex 11-4fav (9-6) Keen in touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 5l behind Thane Of Cawdor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Minstrel Lad 7-2fav (9-4) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, not much room entering final furlong, one pace, 6th of 12, 6l behind Handsome Stranger (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Copperwood 20-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 6l behind Munsarim (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Titan Triumph 25-1 (9-0) Switched left after start, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 7, 3l behind Cravat (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Litmus (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Minstrels Gallery (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.