The trio to concentrate on are RESENTFUL ANGEL, Formidable Guest and Franco Is My Name with the vote given to the first mentioned. The selection has twice gone close here in the past and she looks to have been found a good opportunity to open her account. She chased home a progressive sort last time out and off just a 2lb higher mark she makes plenty of appeal. Formidable Guest was only beaten a head by Carr Hall at Lingfield last week and she won't be inconvenienced by this slightly longer trip today. Franco Is My Name is a lightly-raced sort and he won well when last seen out at Lingfield, but he has more on his plate on these terms and he will need to improve to get his head in front. Kames Park has been in good form of late but he gave the impression here last time that the handicapper was just beginning to catch up with him. Catholic Hill has won over the course and distance and he could prove best of the others, but the vote goes to Resentful Angel who looks to hold solid claims.
Eseej (USA) 10-3 (9-3) Led, hung right from over 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1f out, 4th of 8, 10l behind Trachonitis (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Regional Counsel 33-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, headway under pressure 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 13, 6l behind Miss Minnies (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Formidable Guest 11-2 (9-6) In touch early, close up 5f out, 2nd 2f out, in lead and just held on towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Carr Hall (8-6) by hd, 9 ran.
Resentful Angel 9-4fav (9-5) Mid-division, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on well under pressure final furlong to go 2nd post, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Franco Is My Name 11-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, clear when idled inside final furlong, found extra when challenged towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov beating Chanrossa (9-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Kames Park (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Slick Mover (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 12-1 (9-4) Held up, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 18l behind Gargano (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
The Dial House 4-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Clear Sailing (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f Claiming Stakes (0-70) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Shanafarahan (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, headway to lead 8f out, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind Dazzling Begum (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Divinatore 16-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Croix Rouge (USA) 13-2 (8-5) Held up, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Slick Mover (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Catholic Hill (USA) 7-2fav (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden and effort 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Sainglend (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp (6) gd in Oct '08.
Angels Quest 16-1 (8-4) Close up, pressed leader and every chance 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd close home, outpaced by winner, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Rescue Me (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcap (5) gf in Aug '08.
Champagne Fizz (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Held up, headway on outside over 2f out, led well over 1f out, soon edged right, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating Dovedon Angel (8-12) by 2l, 7 ran.