Ishikawa went close at Kempton on his penultimate start which means he's getting no respite from the handicapper. He remains 8lb higher than last year's win at this track. Smokethatthunders has shown his best form over 7f so far but the veteran Dubai Dynamo is back on a winning mark with a recent run under his belt and could figure. Our Boy Jack and Moccasin are having their first starts of the year, so the vote goes to SKYTRAIN, who showed signs of a return to form when runner-up here last week.
Skytrain 4-1 (9-7) Soon towards rear, ridden 4f out, driven and headway over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Angelic Upstart (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Ishikawa (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Raced keenly, led early, tracked leader 1f, chased leading pair, went 2nd on inside well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Spes Nostra (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Dubai Dynamo 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-5) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Our Boy Jack (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 14th of 19, 13l behind Dusky Queen (8-13) at York 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Moccasin (FR) 9-2 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Totalize (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Smokethatthunders (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Sakash (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.