MAKHFAR is rated 6lb higher than Royal Connoisseur and should be up to winning this. He couldn't quite match the pace at Amber Isle at Lingfield last week but may just have needed the run and Richard Fahey's charge was disappointing here last month when sent off favourite. Celestial Knight was third on his debut at Kempton in October but never really figured on his reappearance at Windsor and may need more time.
Bond Empire Misu Bond gelding out of At Amal.
Bond's Gift Monsieur Bond filly out of Bond Shakira.
Jenny Twigg 40-1 (9-7) Soon outpaced, lost touch halfway, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 21l behind War Spirit (9-5) at Doncaster 5f mdn stks (5) sft.
Celestial Knight 8-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 10, 14l behind Polybius (9-4) at Windsor 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
Makhfar (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon hard ridden, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Amber Isle (9-0) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) gf.
Royal Connoisseur (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Ella's Delight (9-7) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd in May.
Smart Dj Major Cadeaux gelding out of Katy-q.
Wimboldsley 100-1 (9-2) Soon led, took keen keen hold, headed after 2f, weakened well over 2f out, 11th of 12, 31l behind Lacan (9-2) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gd.