Sonko won a claimer over the minimum trip at Kempton last month before going close again when second at the same track last week. She had previous maiden winner Bookiesindexdotnet behind last time and makes more appeal than Claretintheblood, who reversed earlier form at Wolverhampton with Russian Bullet when scoring on the Fibresand last month. However, a chance is taken with SUPERPLEX, as he was having his first start in four months when third at Southwell last month and should be better suited by this faster surface judged on his placed efforts on the turf.
Sonko (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Chased leader, led over 1f out, ridden and hung right inside final furlong, headed and no extra final 140 yards, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Kyleakin Lass (9-7) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Bookiesindexdotnet 3-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, 3rd and held when hampered inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Kyleakin Lass (9-7) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Dawn Lightning 66-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 16l behind Harbour Watch (9-1) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (3) gd in Jul.
Superplex 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders and pushed along, outpaced halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind M J Woodward (7-12) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Russian Bullet 3-1fav (9-6) Took keen hold, raced wide, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 9, 3l behind M J Woodward (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Lana (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 5l behind Oratorian (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Claretintheblood (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden halfway, led 1f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec beating Russian Bullet (9-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.