Exceedexpectations only won a claimer at Kempton last time but this isn't much tougher. It's today's longer trip that could prove a problem for him and also for the returning Kingswinford and For Shia And Lula, a close-up fourth over a mile at Lingfield last month. Resplendent Alpha is a course and distance winner but badly out of form and Sinchiroka is 5lb higher than his victory in a lower grade here in January. CABAL scored over track and trip at this time last year and off a lower mark today with Neil Farley's 3lb claim taken into account, he gets the speculative vote.
Exceedexpectations 11-4fav (8-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd travelling well over 1f out, challenged throughout final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 1m 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Officer In Command (8-13) by shd, 7 ran.
Kingswinford (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) In rear, headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Dream Win (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In touch in rear, ridden and edged left 1f out, stayed on under pressure towards finish, 4th of 7, 1/2l behind Mafi (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Muftarres (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden on on inside over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Avonvalley (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Imtithal (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, pushed along to track leaders 7f out, left in lead over 3f out, soon ridden, hung left and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Titus Bolt (8-7) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Resplendent Alpha 33-1 (8-11) Slowly away raced wide in rear, clipped heels and nearly unseated rider entering final 2f, last of 12, 14l behind Mujaadel (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Sinchiroka (FR) 9-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Total Obsession (8-9) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Cabal 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on inside, headway 2f out, ridden and effort 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Berlusca (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.