A poor contest where we'll tentatively suggest CONVALLARIA to get home in front, while Zazous can probably go well again. The selection was a Polytrack winner at Lingfield in the summer from a slightly lower mark, and this trip looks ideal. After a break he blew off the cobwebs over a mile here last month and with the sharpness back and the return to 7f we'll give him the nod. Zazous is up 5lb for winning a similarly poor contest last time out and with inconsistency his byword we won't be rushing to lump on him for the follow up. Scruffy Skip ran too badly to be true on the Fibresand last time but had been in good from previously and the return to this surface might rekindle his enthusiasm. Thabaat has dropped to a dangerously low mark so watch for any market support, while Solicitude has good course form and can get very competitive from a BHA rating of 55. Nevertheless, we'll take Convallaria to come good.
Thabaat 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and no headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong to snatch 4th post, 4th of 14, 5l behind Musical Script (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Guildenstern (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Ran wide straight, always behind, 9th of 10, 10l behind Al Gillani (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcap (6) pol in Sept.
Overstayed (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden along 2f out, no progress over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 13, 3l behind Salt of The Earth (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) std.
Convallaria (FR) 16-1 (9-3) Towards rear, hanging badly right final 2f, 8th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Epidaurian King (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Solicitude 9-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Mrs Bun (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Celtic Spring (IRE) 5-1co-fav (8-2) Tracked leaders, pressed winner final furlong, every chance, outbattled near finish, 2nd of 12, shd behind Connor's Choice (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo sll (6) pol in Oct.
Kara Tau 66-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden on outside 3f out, moderate late headway, 7th of 13, 12l behind Pivka (8-12) at Lingfield 7f mdn stk (5) pol in Oct.
This Ones For Pat (USA) 4-1 (8-13) Started slowly, raced keenly behind, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 7l behind Back In The Red (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) std.
Scruffy Skip (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Raced wide, always in rear, 12th of 13, well behind Mrs Bun (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Zazous 25-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 13, 14l behind Eastern Gift (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) std.
Charmel's Lad 33-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, last of 15, 20l behind Conjecture (9-3) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sept.
Pop Music (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Mister Ross (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Hollow Jo 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Namu (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Filemot 33-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 13th of 14, 10l behind Guto (7-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.