The dearth of winning form makes this a hard race to call but the tentative vote goes to ABHAINN. A close-up fifth when not quite getting home over a mile at Kempton last month, Bryn Palling's gelding will be suited by this return to 7f. Cane Cat and Polemica are closely matched on their latest running at Kempton with the former expected to come out the better once again, while Carnival Dream had Gilderoy behind when fourth over 6f here recently and can figure.
Guildenstern (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Sirjosh (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Transfixed (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Keen raced wide held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Indian Violet (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Cane Cat (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, staying on when not much room inside final furlong, went 3rd near finish, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Aqua Vitae (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Carnival Dream 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, every chance well over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 9, 7l behind No Complaining (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Polemica (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, mid-division on inside, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Aqua Vitae (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Piccolo Express 25-1 (8-10) Hampered after 1f, took keen hold in touch, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Zafeen's Pearl (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Abhainn (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Prominent, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed inside final furlong, weakened, 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Custard Cream Kid (8-8) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Gilderoy 12-1 (8-7) Behind, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind Mind The Monarch (9-0) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
See That Girl 11-2 (9-2) Dwelt, soon in touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 25l behind Copper King (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Kanace 33-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leader 5f out until edged left over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 23l behind Colour Scheme (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Suttonia (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Tell Halaf (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Daily Double 22-1 (8-7) Mid-division on inside, outpaced when not much room and lost place 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 11, 8l behind Bishopbriggs (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.