STREET POWER has a fifty percent strike rate on artificial surfaces and can enhance that here ahead of likely dangers Ektimaal and The Kyllachy Kid. Jeremy Gask's gelding has done nothing but improve and took a Kempton handicap off 80 on his penultimate outing, pulling clear of the field in a style that suggested the best was yet to come and despite being beaten off this revised mark of 88 since then that was behind the smart Jaconet and compensation awaits. Today's trip of seven furlongs looks ideal for the four-year-old whose style of racing should be suited by the likely fast pace and Steve Drowne can time his challenge to perfection by picking them all off late on. Ektimaal was sent off a warm order at Lingfield last time but failed to land a blow over six furlongs despite having bounced back to form over the trip prior to that. The feeling is that Ed Dunlop's gelding is better at this distance having gained four of his five victories over it, the last of which coming here off just a 1lb lower mark, and although that success was over two years ago the horse appears to be returning to a similar sort of form and with Hayley Turner up the six-year-old rates a live danger to our selection if finding the gaps. The Kyllachy Kid is yet another in-form horse taking part in this valuable race having won over course and distance last time. That was a game effort from Steve Gollings' inmate as he fended off a host of late challenges, although the fact that the first four were covered by around a length suggests the 2lb rise given to Ian Mongan's mount is no better than fair and this is probably a stronger race, so he looks up against it this time. David Barron's Carnivore has a course and distance success to his name off just 3lb lower but may just lack the pace to trouble the judge against this stronger opposition, despite having won convincingly when last seen at Redcar in September, so a bigger danger may come from Southandwest who bounced back to form at Lingfield last time when taking second off this mark of 77. Stan Moore's horse won a course and distance handicap off 82 at the start of the year so there's no doubting the gelding is well handicapped if his handler has him back to anything like his best and this five-year-old is another who must have a chance. Cases can also be made for the once classy Beckermet and Tim Easterby's Malcheek but in this wide-open race we'll side with Street Power to score.
Councellor (FR) 11-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outside, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 2f out, 10th of 13, 11l behind Wellington Square (9-6) at Goodwood 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Beckermet (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Soon crossed over to lead, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Earlsmedic (8-2) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Street Power (USA) 11-10fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Jaconet (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep.
The Kyllachy Kid 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Labisa (8-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Ektimaal 2-1fav (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never a factor, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Doric Lady (8-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Fishforcompliments 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 18th of 20, 32l behind Jordaura (8-11) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Inheritor (IRE) 18-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 16, 11l behind Bended Knee (8-8) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Malcheek (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 12l behind Conry (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Caprio (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leader, edged right over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 8l behind Dubai Meydan (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Carnivore 13-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, led going well over 2f out, edged left when clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Redcar 7f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep beating Viva Volta (9-4) by 2l, 19 ran.
Southandwest (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind King's Colour (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ishiadancer 3-1fav (9-2) Chased leaders, led well over 2f out, headed approaching 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 13l behind Keys of Cyprus (9-1) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.