Dvinsky is as tough as old boots but he has to give weight away to some smart horses in the shape of LORD FIDELIO and Milne Bay with preference for the former. Andew Balding's gelding was a tad disappointing here last time out in a competitive handicap that has worked out well. He may not be the best-handicapped hence the drop in grade but he has plenty of ability and his good course form makes him a solid choice. Milne Bay disappointed last time out and needs to improve for the return to this trip, Trade Centre swaps the cheek-pieces for the blinkers, whilst Kipchak is consistent but he is unlikely to get his own way out in front today. A rival for the pace is Dvinsky who shouldn't mind the step back up in trip, whilst Carmenero may fare better now dropped in grade. Straight Face isn't straightforward but along with Mocha Java he has a good chance at the weights, but in a competitive claimer it is Lord Fidelio who is preferred.
Dvinsky (USA) 11-8fav (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, kept on strongly, won at Kempton 6f Claimer (0-75) (4yo+) (6) pol in Jan beating Misaro (8-9) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Carmenero (GER) 16-1 (8-13) Behind, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 13l behind Trans Sonic (8-8) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Kipchak (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Smalljohn (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Trade Centre 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along well over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Divine Force (8-12) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Lord Fidelio (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 6l behind Ocean Legend (8-13) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Milne Bay (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 11, 16l behind Sutton Veny (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (5) pol in Jan.
Straight Face (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Wide, in touch, ridden 3f out weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 6l behind Smalljohn (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Mocha Java 10-1 (7-12) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 10l behind Kipchak (8-8) at Lingfield 7f Claimer (0-75) (4yo+) (6) pol in Jan.