GRAND HONOUR finished third behind West Leake, who has won again since, over C&D a fortnight ago. Jim Boyle's charge had today's rivals Poesmulligan, Novastasia and A Pocketful Of Rye behind on that occasion and can race off a slightly lower mark here. He gets the vote with that form looking superior to Royal Envoy's recent second to Crystallize. St Ignatius has finally dropped to a mark he can compete off judged on his recent second at Wolverhampton, while the same can be said of Grey Boy, who drops down a grade here.
Grey Boy (GER) 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leader and keen, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 2l behind Jonny Ebeneezer (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Grand Honour (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Royal Envoy (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, challenged 2f out, every chance when hung right over 1f out, reluctant and not go through with effort towards finish, 2nd of 12, nk behind Crystallize (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Ain't Talkin' 12-1 (8-11) Keen close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 7l behind Bold Ring (8-9) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Dudley 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division on outside, closed under pressure over 3f out, edged left and no impression over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Senate Majority (9-3) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Novastasia (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Chandrayaan 12-1 (8-9) Bumped start, headway to mid-division over 3f out, ridden and stayed on final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Royal Acclamation (8-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
St Ignatius 40-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Polemica (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Zim Ho 33-1 (8-9) Fly jumped start, soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Fortunate Bid (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Poesmulligan (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway on inside over 1f out, kept on under pressure, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 2l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
A Pocketful Of Rye (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, came wide entering straight, no impression, 11th of 14, 11l behind West Leake (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Cavalry Guard (USA) 50-1 (8-4) In touch, hard ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Very Well Red (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Edge End 66-1 (8-6) Took keen hold on outside, always behind, 9th of 11, 23l behind Orpens Peach (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Stoneacre Gareth (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Chased leaders until weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Bienheureux (8-11) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (6) gd in Apr '08.