Kian's Delight was winning on the Flat and over hurdles last summer but will need to be at his best on his first start since August to get the better of THECORNISHCOCKNEY. John Ryan's charge had looked in the handicapper's grip lately but keeps pulling a bit more out of the bag and popped up again over track and trip a fortnight ago. He makes more appeal than Dr Livingstone, who landed a couple of all-weather bumpers last month and Tartan Jura, runner-up on the Fibresand last time.
Thecornishcockney 4-1 (9-8) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway going well over 2f out, led over 1f out, quickened away, readily, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Murcar (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kian's Delight 9-4fav (9-4) Held up in touch, led over 2f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, kept on, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Jul beating Herostatus (9-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Topolski (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 17l behind Noble Silk (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Dr Livingstone (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Junoob (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec '11.
Bow To No One (IRE) 40-1 (8-5) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 4f out, never able to challenge, 15th of 33, 31l behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct '11.
Vimiero (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, held up in 7th, no progress final 2f, 8th of 10, 16l behind Woolfall Treasure (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Tartan Jura 4-5fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 5f out, chased winner over 3f out, no impression final 2f, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Kazbow (9-10) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Kalamill (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Keen tracked leaders, stayed far side alone over 3f out, soon overall leader, ridden and headed 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 1l behind The Starboard Bow (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug '10.