A good handicap with plenty of competition and the tentative vote goes to THE KYLLACHY KID, while there are a host of potential dangers. The selection tries this trip of a mile for the first time here and is well worth a try. He has to prove himself on this surface, but there is no reason why he shouldn't act on it, and pedigree suggests that he will probably get the trip. That is supported by his most recent run, when he was a running on fifth at Wolverhampton over 7f, and we will chance him today. Orpsie Boy is another interesting contender stepped up in trip, though he may just have a few pounds too many. Benandonner is now 4lbs better off with Autumn Blades, who finished a head clear of Mike Murphy's gelding over course and distance last month, and both look capable of being competitive. Audemar and Vainglory both won their penultimate starts, though as a result both now look held by the handicapper. The same comment applies to five-time course winner Mr Willis, and the suggestion for today is The Kyllachy Kid.
Mahadee (IRE) 28-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakening when carried left inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 12l behind Manassas (8-9) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 13-8fav (9-3) Held up, in rear, hung left and headway over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 5, hd behind Everymanforhimself (9-3) at Lingfield 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol.
Carcinetto (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Behind until stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Viva Vettori (9-0) at Kempton 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol.
Mr Willis 9-2 (8-10) In rear, ridden 3f out, kept on, never on terms, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind The Scorching Wind (8-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Benandonner (USA) 11-2 (8-3) Prominent, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon ridden and weakened, 2nd of 7, shd behind Autumn Blades (8-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Audemar (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) In touch, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Viva Vettori (9-0) at Kempton 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) pol.
Vainglory (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Held up, in touch, progress over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Dalradian (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Orchard Supreme 7-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Falcativ (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
The Kyllachy Kid 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway when not clear run over 1f out, driven, kept on, not reached leaders, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Caprio (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Cry of Freedom (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 18, 50l behind Nehaam (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Behind, under pressure over 2f out, some late headway, never nearer, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Flipando (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Indian Skipper (IRE) 2-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, ridden halfway, weakened and hung left final 2f, last of 4, 8l behind Colorus (8-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.