All of these can be given a chance including Mubtadi, who hasn't raced since June but won six of his seven starts last year. Coincidentally, both Secular Society and Spes Nostra beat the same horse by the same margin when winning their respective latest outings over track and trip. It's hard to separate that pair while better is expected from Bussatto after a modest reappearance at Kempton. But the latter finished well behind runner-up ISHIKAWA on that occasion and it's Karl Burke's charge that gets the vote to go one better in this less competitive affair.
Ishikawa (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Busatto (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Crossed over to lead over 8f out and set good pace, hung left on bend and ridden over 2f out, headed under pressure over 1f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leading pair until inside final furlong, weakened soon after, 7th of 13, 9l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Mubtadi 11-4fav (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun beating King Olav (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Secular Society 6-4fav (9-5) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Arlecchino (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Spes Nostra 11-4 (9-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Arlecchino (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.