STRING THEORY bounced back to form with a victory in similar company at Kempton a fortnight ago. Still lightly-raced, he looks the one to beat off only a 3lb higher mark with further progress likely. Stablemate Spifer also has claims despite a below-par run at Kempton last time, though Teolagi makes more appeal. The latter ran well for third in a hot handicap here last time finishing ahead of both Epic Battle and Star Links and should be in the mix again. Swing Alone and Chapter And Verse look a shade high in the weights on recent efforts.
Spifer (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Steadied and switched right start, held up in last pair, never involved, last of 12, 23l behind I'm Fraam Govan (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol.
String Theory (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leader, soon led, headed over 4f out, ridden to regain lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol beating Captain Cat (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Swing Alone (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, ran on closing stages, 2nd of 7, nk behind Karam Albaari (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Star Links (USA) 14-1 (8-3) Mid-division, driven and effort when not much room and hampered inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 5th of 12, 5l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Always behind, 10th of 12, 9l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Teolagi (IRE) 40-1 (7-9) In rear, wide entering straight, soon ridden, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol.
Epic Battle (IRE) 9-2 (8-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort on inside over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression in 4th well inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol.