Richard Hannon has saddled the winner of this four times in the last 10 years, Richard Hughes riding three of those, and it looks as though Gold Sceptre is the stable pick of his three entries this year, though the Gold Away gelding flattered to deceive last season. Beau Duke finished tailed off back on Turf at Ascot while this may be too far for recent 6f second Forest Edge but Linkable drops back to a mile for his handicap debut having raced over 1m2f at Chester on his reappearance and Monymusk will be all the better for his fifth at Kempton. SUPAHEART had a bit in hand when getting off the mark in a fillies' handicap at Wolverhampton and, capable of better, can defy a 5lb weight rise.
Josam (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, rallied and headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Ex Oriente (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Tidy Affair (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Dwelt, soon pushe dup to lead, ridden over 2f out, soon headed and weakened quickly, 10th of 11, 20l behind Curzon Line (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Linkable 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, disputing 3rd 2f out until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 9l behind Father of Science (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft.
Forest Edge (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out on outer, soon hung left, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Charlotte Rosina (9-0) at Windsor 6f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Monymusk 7-2fav (9-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Nassau Storm (9-3) at Kempton 7f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Gold Sceptre (FR) 3-1fav (9-1) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Freddy Q (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Philipstown 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 11l behind Fennell Bay (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Tidal's Baby 40-1 (9-2) Headway on wide outside to chase leaders 5f out, ridden 3f out, hung right and weakened well over 2f out, last of 11, 21l behind Curzon Line (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Tiger Cub 22-1 (9-3) Raced stands side tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 15th of 16, 12l behind Burke's Rock (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Beau Duke (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Steadied start, pulled hard and held up in touch, ridden inside final 3f, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 7, 43l behind Warfare (8-13) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Held up, switched right and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Auntie Kathryn (8-9) by 4l, 12 ran.
Supaheart 7-2 (9-2) Made all, ridden 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol beating Bint Alzain (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Good Luck Charm 10-1 (9-3) In touch in rear, went far side over 3f out, headway 3f out, led this group over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 12l behind Swift Cat (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Poetry Writer 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Sheikh The Reins (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.