Another chance is given to ZERO MONEY in the hope that this surface and flat track will see him in a better light than at Folkestone last time; the main danger may be Autumn Blades although Black Dahlia still looks handicapped to strike again. Roger Charlton's son of Bachelor Duke didn't seem to handle the undulations or the ground on his latest start, where he was turned over at odds of 6/4. His previous third to Santefisio at Newbury reads well in the context of this race and he can make amends this evening. The consistent Autumn Blades has a good draw to work from and he very rarely runs a bad race, Resplendent Nova looks fairly handicapped, whilst Black Dahlia has run well off this sort of mark of late and is not out of things. Berbice only has one win to his name from 26 starts which must be a worry for backers, although he will feature in many a placepot, whilst the hat-trick seeking Silver Guest looks a big player if reproducing his recent Wolverhampton form at this different track. The powerful quartet of Finnegan McCool, Bold Marc, Defector and Yankee Storm all come here in good nick and it would be no surprise to see any feature in the finish, however in another competitive handicap it is Zero Money who just edges the vote.
Resplendent Nova 40-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 9l behind Audemar (9-2) at Kempton 1m fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Spring Goddess (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m clm stks (6) gf.
Zero Money (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Mid-division, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, driven and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Arteus (8-13) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Tuxedo 7-1 (9-3) Raced wide, in touch, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Millfield (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Black Dahlia 7-1 (8-11) Led after 1f, quickened 3 lengths clear over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Millfield (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Berbice (IRE) 9-2fav (9-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind King's Masque (9-4) at Kempton 1m clm stks 0-70 (6) pol in Sep.
Silver Guest 7-2fav (9-9) Held up in touch, going well, went 2nd well over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to wear down leader well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (6) pol beating Yanza (9-0) by hd, 13 ran.
Defector (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Keen, tracked leaders, chased leader 3f out, driven to lead well inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Millfield (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bold Marc (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 1/2l behind Trade Centre (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Finnegan McCool 9-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway well over 2f out, driven and effort over 1f out, soon hard ridden, kept on under pressure to lead close home, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp (5) pol beating King Of Defence (8-7) by nk, 11 ran.
Yankee Storm 33-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, switched right and good headway well over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed well inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Dance And Dance (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Spiritofthewest (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 16, 5l behind Cawdor (9-1) at Nottingham 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Shaded Edge 10-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, ran on strongly towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 12, shd behind Dvinsky (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kipchak (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slight lead, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 14, 7l behind Fyelehk (8-11) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.