RAKAAN has much the strongest form and should come out best. He's been running well without winning in decent handicaps of late and faces a much easier task in this company. Polar Kite disappointed in a handicap last time but won a claimer at Kempton before that when Frequency was back in third. The latter may well reverse running on better terms here and Point North could finish closer dropped in class. Needwood Ridge won over C&D at this time last year but hasn't raced since February.
Rakaan (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Point North (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, outpaced when not clear run over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 12, 9l behind Eager To Bow (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Frequency 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, chased winner 2f out, ridden 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Polar Kite (8-13) at Kempton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
Needwood Ridge 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 9l behind Bahamian Lad (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Polar Kite (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Set steady pace until quickened over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Abhaath (USA) 3-1 (8-12) Steadied start, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind One Way Or Another (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol.
Syrian 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Billyford (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Mar.
Dunn'o (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Pulled hard with leader, under pressure over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 7, 23l behind Noble Jack (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
Whitechapel 28-1 (8-3) Raced keenly, soon led, headed well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 17l behind Space War (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Lexington Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, under pressure over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 21l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.