It could pay to stick with GALLANTRY now he's back to winning ways. He scored over C&D three weeks ago and is still well handicapped on his best form despite a 3lb rise. Trip Switch is facing a much tougher task having won an even lower grade handicap than this at Kempton last time, but Gazboolou is getting closer and should be winning again soon and Dichoh is only 1lb higher than when winning at Kempton in October. Top weight Fitz scored at Ffos Las in September and he should be thereabouts with a similar effort.
Fitz 6-1 (9-3) In rear, steady headway on outer from over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Ffos Las 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep beating Harting Hill (9-2) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Buxton 10-1 (9-4) Held up, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 4l behind Shelagh (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Blue Deer (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) In rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 7l behind Spinning Ridge (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Gazboolou 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 13, ns behind Bold Ring (9-4) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Dichoh 14-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 6f out, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Spinning Ridge (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Fault 8-1 (10-7) Soon tracked leader, led over 4f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 6l behind Minortransgression (10-10) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Gallantry 7-2fav (9-2) Tracked clear leader, driven and headway over 2f out, lead narrowly over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Gee Major (8-11) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hierarch (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, chased leaders on innner over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4l behind Pipers Piping (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Yakama (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Mid-division, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 6th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Bold Ring (9-4) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Nov.
Trip Switch 13-2 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well to lead last 100 yards, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov beating Daniel Thomas (8-13) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Resplendent Alpha 12-1 (8-8) Missed break, always behind, 9th of 11, 7l behind Gallantry (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Blueberry Fizz (IRE) 11-2fav (8-9) Led early, tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 25l behind Storm Runner (8-7) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.