Ziefhd was engaged to run here last night but has been below par of late anyway and Standing Strong hasn't raced since July. The Mongoose ran a shocker at Wolverhampton last time having scored at the same track before that and GOLDEN DESERT is preferred. He won over 7f at Lingfield in November and this looks less competitive than his recent third to Lowther over a longer trip. It could be his turn today with Homeward Strut and Zaheeb looking best of the rest on previous form.
Ziefhd 25-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 20l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-6) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Standing Strong (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) In rear, wide into straight over 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 12, 8l behind Annes Rocket (8-8) at Sandown 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
The Mongoose 15-8 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 21l behind Knowe Head (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
Golden Desert (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In rear, headway and switched right entering final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Lowther (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Homeward Strut 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, 11th of 12, 12l behind Belinsky (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Zaheeb 3-1fav (8-12) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to lead, ridden and headed 2f out, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 4l behind Breakheart (8-3) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Dvinsky (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 11, 12l behind Desert Strike (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
West Leake (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Glastonberry (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.