Go Far won well last night and would have obvious claims if turning up again. Blazing Knight won at Wolverhampton in September but is having his first start since and Gold Beau was last seen at the track in the same month. Athletic had Shiekh The Reins back in third when scoring over 7f here last week but carries a penalty while Spellmaker's winning run came to end off today's higher mark at Lingfield last month. TOP COP showed his first worthwhile form since joining Ron Harris when runner-up at Wolverhampton last time. He looks set to return to winning ways off his current mark and gets the nod.
Blazing Knight (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leader, went 2nd well over 1f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep beating Hi Filwah (9-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Gold Beau (FR) 9-2 (8-8) Towards rear, headway on inside and hung left over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 9, 11l behind Evanescent (9-2) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
New Leyf (IRE) 8-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, rallied inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Fortinbrass (8-11) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Top Cop 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, switched right to challenge over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Bapak Bangsawan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Athletic 8-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up towards rear, good headway when not clear run and switched right inside final 2f, strong run on inside to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Presumido (9-1) by 1l, 10 ran.
Go Far 7-2fav (9-5) Led, headed before 2f out, ridden before 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind The Happy Hammer (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Sheikh The Reins (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Led, travelling well 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Athletic (9-2) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Spellmaker 6-1 (8-5) Keen raced wide in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Multitask (8-11) at Lingfield 6f hcap (3) pol in Feb.