DESPOT was well backed on his reappearance and didn't disappoint when landing his handicap debut by six lengths over track and trip - he can shrug off a penalty and go in again. Si Senor also won when handicapping for the first time at this track but he was less impressive when beating Baltic Fire a neck over a longer trip. New Row won his maiden here and drops in class for his return to action while Fiftyshadesfreed has won a couple of lesser contests at the course. Half Way looks another likely improver but both Glebe Spirit and Relation Alexander finished a long way behind the selection last time.
Despot (IRE) 2-1fav (9-4) Made all, set steady pace, ridden and quickened clear over 1f out, ran on strongly, unchallenged, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr beating Relation Alexander (9-4) by 6l, 8 ran.
New Row 10-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Monsea (9-7) at Kempton 7f (3) pol in Oct.
Si Senor (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, switched left entering final 2f, effort approaching final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Baltic Fire (8-8) by nk, 8 ran.
Fiftyshadesfreed (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to lead briefly 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Hedge End (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Penny's Boy 3-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, pushed along and headway on inside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Solo Hunter (9-6) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Apr.
Half Way 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, led and edged left entering final furlong, headed and not pace of winner towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Andy Dandy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug.
Glebe Spirit (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Keen steadied and soon in touch towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd briefly inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Despot (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Relation Alexander (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) In touch in rear, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Despot (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Orlando Star (CAN) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden halfway, never a factor, 8th of 9, 8l behind Baytown Kestrel (9-7) at Lingfield 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Bowsers Bold 9-2 (9-1) Slowly away outpaced, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 5l behind Iseemist (9-2) at Brighton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.