Fairy Mist may struggle on today's terms, but it looks pretty tight at the weights between the remainder at first glance. However, a closer look reveals that CONDUCTING beat Bert The Alert and Officer In Command in a handicap over course and distance in January. The latter has since won and there's no good reason why Gay Kelleway's charge shouldn't come out on top once again. Priestley's Reward won a seller over a longer trip here in December and could prove the biggest threat to the selection.
Bert The Alert 8-1 (9-4) Held up and always towards rear, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Dakota Canyon (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Conducting 11-2 (9-4) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Buckland (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Officer In Command (USA) 9-2 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in last trio, headway on inside to lead narrowly over 1f out, narrowly headed but stayed challenging disputing lead inside final furlong, lost on the nod, 2nd of 7, shd behind Exceedexpectations (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) (9-2) 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Didge (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 1m 4f clm stks.
Fairy Mist (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Keen tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 11l behind Tenure (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.