Reflect still gives the impression he's a shade high in the weights despite sliding down the handicap and finished just ahead of Brunston when third at Wolverhampton last time. The latter is also on a decent mark if back to his best but PURPLE 'N GOLD looks a safer proposition. He's won two of his last three starts at the track and with an apprentice cancelling out a 5lb rise for his most recent victory, David Pipe's charge gets the vote. Rowan Ridge has an outside chance and Irish import Carazam has the past form to figure on his debut for a new yard and first start since 2010.
Oneofapear (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 16l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Reflect (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, driven over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Cool Sky (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Adiynara (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Led, ridden 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 8l behind Sohcahtoa (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
St Ignatius 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaidng pair until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Purple 'n Gold (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Brunston 8-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Cool Sky (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Stated sowly, soon pushed along and in touch, headway to track leading trio 7f out, went 3rd 2f out, led and hung right well over 1f out, soon driven clear, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Presburg (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Winning Spark (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Keen in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 7l behind Stand Guard (10-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Rowan Ridge 10-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear but in touch, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind English Summer (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Carazam (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd and ridden to chase winner approaching straight, no impression from over 1 1/2f out, kept on, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Elusive Ridge (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Nov '10.
Brown Pete (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, switched right to challenge over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 2l behind Avertis (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.