Tadabeer scored over track and trip three weeks ago and is upped in class off a higher mark for this. Aegaeus won at Lingfield on his latest start in November and his defeat of Harry Buckle looks more impressive in hindsight as the latter won four times over the winter. Ed Dunlop's charge looks a genuine contender, but another chance goes to top weight KAAFEL. He drops down a couple of grades after finishing a respectable sixth to Robin Hoods Bay over course and distance and a repeat should see him bang there at the finish. Sondeduro could prove best of the rest on his reappearance.
Kaafel (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Led, pushed along 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 3l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Sondeduro 25-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden over 3f out, no headway, 14th of 16, 16l behind Silver Lime (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Croquembouche (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, not clear run over 3f out, soon beaten, 14th of 17, 32l behind Consider Yourself (9-3) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Perfect Cracker 14-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway and edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong,, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Ree's Rascal (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Tadabeer 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on well and always holding on, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar beating Flamborough Breeze (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Aegaeus 5-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway 3f out, challenged over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, kept on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Harry Buckle (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Balady (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Led, 3 lengths clear 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Flaxen Flare (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Askaud (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 16l behind Eastern Destiny (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.