Bishop Of Ruscombe is having his first outing since a third at Nottingham in October. But he hails from an in-form yard and is not easily dismissed. Ishiamber didn't show much improvement when fourth over track and trip last week, but BOWIE BOY finished closer when runner-up at Lingfield with French Accent well beaten. Ralph Beckett's colt gets the vote with further progress expected over this extra furlong. Lady Kathian has a bit more to find to figure but it's worth noting the newcomer Dreaming Brave in the betting.
Ishiamber 8-1 (10-0) Close up, effort when hampered 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Khatiba (8-11) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Bishop Of Ruscombe 5-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Farquhar (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (4) sft in Oct.
Bowie Boy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, driven and headway on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Excellent Royale (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Dreaming Brave Sleeping Indian gelding out of Beechnut.
French Accent 100-1 (8-11) Towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 11l behind Excellent Royale (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Lady Kathian (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 5th of 8, 5l behind Platinum Pearl (8-10) at Kempton 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Jan.
Marphilly (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Behind, headway on inside 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 9l behind Just One Kiss (9-13) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll (5) pol in Jan.