Top Diktat is in terrific form and a four-timer isn't out of the question, despite another 6lb rise. Handheld gets on well with Shelley Birkett and the partnership was third on its reappearance at Doncaster. Top Set is lightly raced while Santo Thomas has been hurdling and goes on soft ground. NUMBER ONE LONDON is still a maiden and often flattered to deceive last year but he starts the new campaign on a very attractive mark and has the ability to win a race like this if in the mood. Red Pilgrim, Tight Lipped and Starwatch are also capable and can't be ignored in an open contest.
Top Diktat 7-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway and looking for run over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Gone Dutch (9-3) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Santo Thomas (FR) 16-1 (8-13) 6th of 7, 6l behind Ideology (8-13) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m stk sft in Jun '09.
Number One London (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 7f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Hawker (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Handheld 8-1 (8-7) Led after 1f, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Dark Ruler (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Tight Lipped (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, headway 3f out, faded over 1f out, 9th of 16, 18l behind Dark Ruler (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Red Pilgrim (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Bumped start in touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 2f out, edged left and kept on one pace inside final furlong, in a race won by Stomachion (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct, 9 ran.
Top Set (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th close home, never nearer, 4th of 12, 11l behind Winterlude (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.
Starwatch 25-1 (8-9) Led early, prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Tobacco Road (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft.