A poor opener where SLEW CHARM is taken to score, while Terminate and Amwell Brave have chances. The Noel Chance-trained selection returned from along absence to be just held in a similar contest over 1m 4f last month. His trainer has not rushed him back to the track and therefore will hopefully have negated any bounce factor and with his performance last time suggesting he will get this far plus just 2lb rise we will side with him. Amwell Brave probably just about gets this far and he is a regular on the Polytracks. He is on a plenty low-enough mark here but may just be better at places such as Lingfield and Kempton. Terminate caught a tartar last time out, and although untried over this trip he stays a furlong shorter well enough so there is plenty of hope he will get home and he is expected to be very competitive. Ben Bacchus won a poor Kempton handicap two starts ago but was anchored by a 7lb rise last time, while Ruby Delta continues to sport headgear after winning in it last time and being unexposed at this trip he is likely to be involved at the business end. Slew Charm can score.
Buscador (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 1l behind Formidable Guest (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Japura (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Brouhaha (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn stk (5) pol in Jan.
Thunderwing (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and lost place 4f out, no danger after, 6th of 10, 9l behind Grandad Bill (8-4) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Aug.
Slew Charm (FR) 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, led inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 11, hd behind Safin (8-9) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Monaadi (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden 6f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 7, 12l behind Ibrox (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stk (5) fbs in Jan.
Ben Bacchus (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Headway to track leaders 9f out, led over 4f out, headed over 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 5th of 10, 8l behind William's Way (10-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f amt hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Terminate (GER) 2-1fav (9-3) Steadied start, held up last, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, effort and every chance over 1f out, no extra and soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Imperium (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Amwell Brave 6-1 (9-3) Behind, switched right and headway well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Great Leighs 1m 5f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Jan beating Limelight (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Gunnadoit (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 13l behind Tripod Molly (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp (6) frm in Jun.
Ruby Delta 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and lost place 5f out, headway 4f out, kept on to lead final furlong, all out towards finish, won at W'hampton 1m 4f sll (6) pol in Sept beating Well Informed (8-4) by a nk, 10 ran.
Mega Steps (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Behind, pushed along halfway, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 31l behind Quitit (8-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.
Gouranga 100-1 (8-2) Soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Amron Hill (8-6) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.