It's difficult not to side with ROCKY REBEL in this. He's shown improved form since stepping up to 1m4f, recording a couple of cosy victories last month, and there should be more to come over today's longer trip. A 14lb rise for an easy win at this track in December has put paid to the progress of Cadgers Brig and Quinsman has been in dire form since November's win over C&D. Bocamix arrives on the back of a victory over hurdles and may figure, however as could Beneath though the latter was engaged to run here yesterday.
Sam Lord 40-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders, 5th of 10, 5l behind Nezhenka (9-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Bocamix (FR) (9-2) won at Clairefontaine(FR) 1m 3f stk gd in Aug '09 beating Numerologue (8-11) by nk, 9 ran.
Chookie Hamilton 13-2 (9-4) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 17l behind Admirable Duque (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Jan.
Quinsman 16-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind First Avenue (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Accumulate 33-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, driven and struggling 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 17l behind Fire Fighter (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway to 3rd 3f out, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Face Value (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Rocky Rebel 4-1fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Rowan Ridge (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Redhotdoc 20-1 (10-9) Towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 6l behind Squad (10-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Cadgers Brig 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Chabada (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Painted Sky 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and hung right from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Resentful Angel (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan '10.
Blackstone Vegas 14-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 12l behind Illustrious Forest (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Carnac (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Prominent, led over 4f out, headed 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 16l behind Sistine (9-11) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Beneath 4-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, badly hampered on inside well over 3f out, not clear run from over 2f out until headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, not recover, 3rd of 12, hd behind Black Iceman (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.