None of these inspire confidence in a poor handicap and a purely speculative vote goes the way of ILLUSTRIOUS LAD. He finished third over track and trip a week ago with Slatey Hen back in fifth and drops down a grade for this. Blue Noodles finished ahead of Flaxen Lake when placed in similar company here earlier this month and had Kaylee behind when fourth on his latest start over 7f. Rightcar showed signs of a resurgence at Wolverhampton last week and is another to consider off his current mark.
Flaxen Lake 9-2 (9-7) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 4l behind Very First Blade (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp (0-50) (7) pol.
Illustrious Lad (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) In touch in 5th, every chance 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Mr Optimistic (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Concordia Notte (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 29l behind Greek Islands (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Slatey Hen (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2l behind Mr Optimistic (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Kaylee 11-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on inside under pressure over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Greek Islands (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Blue Noodles 13-2 (9-2) Took keen hold towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, kept on to 4th inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 4th of 11, 4l behind Greek Islands (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Adaeze (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 11th of 13, 11l behind Flow Chart (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Dingaan (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Steadied and awkward leaving stalls, held up last, headway towards inside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, never nearer, 4th of 8, 3l behind Athletic (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Rightcar 11-4 (8-11) Outpaced, headway over 1f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Chateau Lola (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Rooknrasbryripple 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Burnt Cream (9-2) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Metropolitan Chief 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, closed over 3f out, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 9l behind Red Ramesses (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Minty Jones 25-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden and well beaten over 3f out, eased over 2f out, virtually pulled up, last of 9, well behind Harvest Mist (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.