Kyle Of Bute was unable to follow-up a C&D win off only a 2lb higher mark last time and hasn't raced since September, but Justcallmehandsome wasn't beaten far off todays' mark on his latest start. He has a bit to find on earlier form with Nina Rose at this track, however, and the latter looks to have strong claims, but the vote goes to MATAAJIR. Derek Shaw's charge registered a hat trick at the turn of the year and can be forgiven his latest below par effort over too long a trip at Kempton. Reason To Believe ended last season with his second win on turf and could figure on his return to action.
Kyle of Bute 9-2 (9-10) Keen tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Knowe Head (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Justcallmehandsome 12-1 (9-2) Started slowly, held up in rear, headway on wide outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Postscript (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Mccool Bannanas 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders early, held up, closed 3f out, no impression over 1f out, 4th of 7, 16l behind Illustrious Forest (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Smirfy's Silver 33-1 (9-4) Led until 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened soon after, 10th of 12, 8l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Nina Rose 13-8fav (9-0) Prominent, led over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Fedora (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mataajir (USA) 7-2 (8-9) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 7l behind Focail Maith (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Reason To Believe (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on, driven out, won at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep beating Moonlight Mystery (9-6) by hd, 13 ran.
Cristaliyev 12-1 (7-9) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, outpaced well over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Lastkingofscotland (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Vitznau (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 18l behind Fluctuation (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Mystic Halo 33-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 5l behind Kyncraighe (8-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Valley Tiger 16-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, not troubled leaders, 7th of 14, 16l behind Fluctuation (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Marksbury 50-1 (9-5) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leaders until weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Aviso (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Roman Ruler (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Thatcherite (9-4) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.