There's not much between most of these in a tight handicap. But patience has run out with Havelovewilltravel after she returned a losing favourite for the third time in succession when third at Wolverhampton last time. Lady Lunchalot keeps threatening to get her head in front without actually doing so while Arabian Heights failed to land the odds stepped up to 1m4f at Wolverhampton on Monday and still carries a penalty for an earlier win Kempton. Both Cathedral and PERFECT CRACKER are closely matched on recent running. But the latter is just preferred today as he ran into plenty of trouble when fourth here a fortnight ago and can land this with normal luck in-running.
Smokethatthunders (IRE) 4-1fav (8-9) Held up in touch, took keen hold, not much room and switched left when closing over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, closing on 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Bowstar (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Havelovewilltravel (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, closing on 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Spes Nostra (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Syncopate 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, weakened and eased 2f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, 45l behind Cayuga (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lady Lunchalot (USA) 8-1 (9-5) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Munsarim (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Apache Glory (USA) 16-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden 2f out, short of room entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 8th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Munsarim (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always behind, 10th of 11, 16l behind Asia Minor (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Strong Conviction 8-1 (8-7) Led and set good pace, headed over 2f out, soon ridden chasing leader, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Thouwra (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Perfect Cracker 3-1 (9-4) Keen towards rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1l behind Munsarim (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Arabian Heights 5-6fav (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2l behind Spanish Plume (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Cathedral 14-1 (8-5) Very slowly away and lost all of 10 lengths, recovered to rear of field over 7f out, ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Munsarim (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.