Dandy Nicholls has his string in great form and at these weights REGAL PARADE looks to be the best bet on today's card, while stablemate Abraham Lincoln and Hogmaneigh should get heavily involved. The selection is having his first run at Kempton and therefore he does have to prove that he handles the place and the surface, though he does already have wins on the artificial surfaces at Southwell and Wolverhampton to his name. The trip looks ideal, he is very tough and competitive and he has won when fresh so we'll side with him. Abraham Lincoln was highly tried last season when with Aidan O'Brien and did not look up to it, but he is not one to write off just yet and the change of scenery might have him suitably rejuvenated and ready to run a big race. Hogmaneigh handled Lingfield's Polytrack well enough on his only previous try in 24 starts and he has the ability to get closely involved provided he is straight enough for this reappearance. This is a more realistic level for Battle Paint, who tries this surface for the first time and is not short of speed. With John Gosden's runners in form the five-year-old should be capable of making his presence felt, but Regal Parade gets the vote.
Battle Paint (USA) (9-1) last of 10, 5l behind Captain's Lover (8-11) at Longchamp 7f Grp 3 (1) hvy in Sept.
Abraham Lincoln (IRE) (9-11) last of 17, 13l behind Marchand D'or (9-11) at Longchamp 5f Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Benllech 8-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Abbondanza (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Eisteddfod 9-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, soon one pace, 6th of 12, 6l behind South Cape (8-9) at Goodwood 7f hcap (2) sft in Sept.
Hogmaneigh (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 1l behind Hamish McGonagall (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Mac Gille Eoin 25-1 (9-1) Raced wide, prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 11l behind Prohibit (9-0) at Great Leighs 6f stk (3) pol in Oct.
Orpsie Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Behind, ridden over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong to gain on winner, just failed, 2nd of 8, nk behind Thebes (8-6) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Regal Parade 10-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, unable to challenge over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Conquest (9-1) at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Whiskey Junction 9-2 (8-13) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 11l behind Bond City (8-13) at Haydock 6f stk 0-90 (3) hvy in Sept.
Carcinetto (IRE) 22-1 (8-4) Prominent on outside, lost place over 3f out, hampered inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Flowing Cape (8-11) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Manzila (FR) 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, soon ridden along, not a danger after, 4th of 6, 7l behind Masada (8-8) at Newmarket 6f fll hcp (2) gf in Oct.