Kavaloti has a decent record over this C&D and will have needed his comeback run at Lingfield - he makes more appeal than stablemate Kahre. Not Til Monday may be too high in the weights now but a case can be made for the likes of American Spin, Shalambar, Brilliant Barca and Dance For Livvy who have all been in action over jumps recently. RASHEED beat the latter over 1m4f here in December before finishing third in a better race on Boxing Day. He'll have to settle better if he's to last home over this extra half-mile but his half-brother, Alambic, stayed well so John Gosden's gelding is taken to resume winning ways.
Kavaloti (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, under pressure over 4f out, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Exemplary (9-12) at Lingfield 2m clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Kahfre 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind First Avenue (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Boston Blue 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3f out, 10th of 14, 15l behind High On A Hill (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Not Til Monday (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakening when short of room over 2f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Nezhenka (9-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
American Spin 14-1 (9-10) Led until headed 9f out, chased leader, closed 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, narrowly headed 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Spice Fair (9-4) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Rasheed 9-2 (9-4) Led 2f, took keen hold, led over 1f out, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Rocky Rebel (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Marcus Antonius 14-1 (8-9) Rear of mid-division, some headway 4f out, no impression final 2f, 11th of 18, 10l behind Gulf of Naples (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Shalambar (IRE) 6-4fav (10-1) Led after 2f, ridden 3f out, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 4l behind The Absent Mare (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Brilliant Barca 15-2 (9-0) Ridden leaving stalls, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Abidhabidubai (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Promised Wings (GER) 66-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 8f out, driven and weakened over 4f out, 9th of 10, well behind Mazagee (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Dance For Livvy (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, led 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, hd behind Rasheed (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.