SOLAR DEITY is the one to beat in this. He bids for a hat-trick after winning a higher grade handicap than this last time when Chapter And Verse finished over three lengths behind. The latter found Spirit Of Sharjah too good at Kempton on Wednesday but had beaten both Corporal Maddox and Outpost at the same track before that. Cockney Dancer remains in fine form but is upped in class after her latest C&D victory and it was only a claimer that Polar Kite won at Kempton last month.
Solar Deity (IRE) 11-4 (8-8) Close up, ridden over 1f out, driven to lead towards finish, all out, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Storm King (8-12) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Took keen hold and held up 3rd, left in 3 lengths 2nd 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 3, 2l behind Spirit Of Sharjah (9-2) at Kempton 7f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol.
Outpost (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 11l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Corporal Maddox 8-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up towards rear, kept on from over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 6l behind Chapter And Verse (8-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Verse Of Love 10-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, some late progress, no chance, 8th of 13, 11l behind Big Note (9-3) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Cockney Dancer 4-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, headway over 1f out, soon challenging, ran on under pressure to lead closing stages, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Jungle Bay (8-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Advanced 9-1 (8-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Rakaan (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Polar Kite (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Set steady pace until quickened over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.