A very open looking nursery, with STRIDING EDGE heading our shortlist, ahead of Brooksby and Caster Sugar. Willie Muir's colt, a son of Rock of Gibraltar, makes his Kempton debut, having previously shown up well on the all-weather at Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Great Leighs where he won at this level. Against the modicum of ability shown by some of these he looks a class apart, without being a world beater himself, and is well treated, giving a little weight away to most. Caster Sugar finished well behind the selection last time out, but being closer in the weights could see a change of fortune. She's Luca Cumani's only runner on the card. Brooksby is one of two Richard Hannon runners, and looks the pick ahead of Celtic Commitment, but keeps finding a few too good. A number of these keep threatening to win a race at this level, but our selection already has and can score again, and that's Striding Edge.
Omnium Duke (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, switched left start and held up in rear, headway 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 9l behind Saint Arch (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Caster Sugar (USA) 7-2jt-fav (9-2) In touch, ridden to chase leaders over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 6l behind Shooting Party (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Strathcal 5-1 (8-13) Towards rear, hard ridden, stayed on from over 1f out, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 4l behind Take The Micky (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc (6) pol in Oct.
Striding Edge (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, driven over 1f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Shooting Party (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Countess Zara (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, switched left and driven over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, 5th of 13, 5l behind Anthology (9-3) at Musselburgh 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Herschel (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Behind, pushed along 3f out, driven and stayed on down outside from over 1f out, not pace to reached leaders, 5th of 12, 2l behind Reaction (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Brooksby 8-1 (8-6) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Officer In Command (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc (4) pol in Oct.
Celtic Commitment 25-1 (9-3) With leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 12, 10l behind Tottie (8-12) at Brighton 1m 2yo mdn auc (5) gd in Oct.
Johnny Rook (GER) 40-1 (9-7) Mid-division, effort over 3f, soon beaten, 14th of 16, 19l behind Digger Derek (9-8) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.
Flashgun (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, always behind, 8th of 9, 11l behind Stevie Junior (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Muhim 16-1 (9-1) In touch, effort over 3f, soon beaten, 14th of 15, 40l behind Lethal Glaze (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Oct.
Perfect Friend 10-1 (8-11) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Tepmokea (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Noble Dictator 7-1 (8-11) Towards rear, keen, hard ridden and some progress from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Take The Micky (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc (6) pol in Oct.
Loulou (USA) 50-1 (8-12) Always in rear, pushed along over 3f out, last of 14, 13l behind Close Alliance (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn (4) pol in Oct.