Llamadas held on for victory over track and trip last time with The Absent Mare and Dr Finley in close attendance. He'll find life even tougher in this higher grade while things will be happening a bit faster for Rysbrack after he landed a jumpers' bumper at Wolverhampton on his latest start. MURCAR won in this grade at the same track before finding a back-to-form Bradbury too good last time. Liam Corcoran's charge may just edge out the Thecornishcockney, who drops in class for this, and return to winning ways.
Desert Recluse (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 22l behind Into Wain (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Thecornishcockney 16-1 (9-4) Steadied start in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Noble Silk (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Murcar 9-2fav (9-1) Held up in touch, led over 3f out, clear over 2f out, reduced advantage 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind Bradbury (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Held up in last pair and keen, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 8l behind Woolfall Treasure (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Dunhoy (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden over 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 12, 10l behind The Betchworth Kid (9-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Oct.
Bahrain Storm (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, 15th of 16, 33l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Rysbrack (USA) 11-4 (10-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Fleur De La Vie (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (6) pol in Aug.
Buckie Boy (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, disputing 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 10l behind Llamadas (9-2) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
The Absent Mare 7-1 (9-10) Mid-diviison on inside, not much room well over 2f out, headway 2f out, stayed on to chase winner 1f out, closed near finish, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 11, hd behind Llamadas (9-2) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Dr Finley (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Mid-division on outside, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, not pace of leading trio, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Llamadas (9-2) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Llamadas 10-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching final 3f, went 2nd over 2f out, soon hanging right, led well over 1f out, just held on, all out, won at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Bold Adventure (9-0) by shd, 11 ran.