Many of these enter the fray in terrific form, especially recent winners Indian Violet, Esteem Lord and SADDLERS BEND and it's the latter who gets the vote. George Baker's filly, twice a winner at Wolverhampton earlier this year, returned from a long absence to score over 7f there a month ago and a 4lb rise doesn't look enough to prevent a follow-up. One Oi wasn't far behind Indian Violet at Lingfield recently and, as that was only his second run in over a year and he has a 4lb pull, he can reverse placings with the winner. Pipers Piping has raced only twice beyond 7f in a 37-run career but has been staying on at the finish in most of his races so this trip could prove ideal. Kipchak has won 10 times, seven of them on Polytrack, and is just 1lb higher than for his latest success at Lingfield in July.
Aflaam (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed over 4f out, led 3f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Gallantry (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 6-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Chilli Green (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Kipchak (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Khajaaly (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Marmooq 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders early, 4th 5f out, 4th and pushed along over 2f out, behind towards finish, tailed off, last of 9, 34l behind Formidable Guest (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Cheddar George 7-4fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, short lived effort on inside and driven 2f out, 10th of 13, 8l behind Ice Cool Lady (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Indian Violet (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leader and hung left over 1f out, soon led, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol beating One Oi (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Saddlers Bend (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, switched left over 1f out, ridden to lead final 110 yards, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Ravi River (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Esteem Lord 7-4fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead closing stages, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Lucky Diva (8-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
One Oi 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Indian Violet (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol.
Shared Moment (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, pushed along flashed tail and soon in mid-division on inside, ridden and flashed tail over 3f out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 11l behind Bentley (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-55 (6) std.
Fine Ruler (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, soon no impression, last of 8, 8l behind Khajaaly (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Djalalabad (FR) 12-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway well over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 11, hd behind Custard Cream Kid (8-8) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Play Up Pompey 40-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Sedgwick (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Softly Killing Me 40-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, ridden along 3f out, struggling after, 10th of 11, 17l behind Covert Mission (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.