SEEK THE FAIR LAND is a confident call with Indian Skipper and Desert Dreamer as shortlist material. Jim Boyle's charge let down punters prepared to play the odds on last time out but he has appeared thoroughly progressive over the winter and could be capable of gleaning compensation today. Indian Skipper has been tried in eyeshields and blinkers since leaving Mark Tompkins. The same combination is in play on this occasion though he will find life different on Kempton's polytrack than that he has experienced on the Southwell fibresand. Desert Dreamer is more regularly seen in claiming company. He is feasibly handicapped in relation to some of his earlier form so it is folly to discount him. My Best Bet stays an easy mile. However, this drop to seven should not be a disadvantage. Carnivore is the only runner from David Barron's stable at this meeting so if the money speaks, it should be followed. An above average contest for this time of year and Seek The Fair Land has shown enough to suggest that he can collect more prizes.
Bravo Echo 11-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, joined leader halfway, ridden to lead narrowly over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Falcativ (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Seek The Fair Land 8-11fav (9-0) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, joined winner inside final furlong, led briefly, ran on, 2nd of 7, shd behind L'Hirondelle (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Indian Skipper (IRE) 28-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, outpaced and behind, ridden halfway, kept on, never a factor, 5th of 9, 16l behind Imprimis Tagula (7-11) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in Dec.
My Best Bet 10-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway and not the clearest of runs from over 1f out, no impression on front pair towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Mustakmil (8-8) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Desert Dreamer (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway and effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Autumn Blades (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-80 (4) in Dec.
Vintage (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Keen, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Capone (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Simple Rhythm 4-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 8l behind Colorus (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Oct.
Carnivore 9-1 (9-0) Hampered start, in rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind L'Hirondelle (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.