Sextons House hasn't won since his debut in 2010 but has Charlie Bishop's 5lb claim to help his cause while Do More Business went close at Kempton under today's apprentice last month. Le King Beau and Mary's Pet are course and distance winners but arrive out of sorts so the token vote goes to the less-exposed STONEACRE HULL. She had a subsequent winner in front when fifth at Wolverhampton last time and has scope for further progress, as does Spellmaker.
Le King Beau (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, last of 9, 9l behind Reginald Claude (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Mary's Pet 25-1 (8-11) Raced wide towards rear, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 19l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Sextons House (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 4th in closing stages, not pace to challenge, 4th of 11, 3l behind Vitznau (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Stoneacre Hull (IRE) 80-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Iggy (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan.
Do More Business (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, raced wide chasing leaders, ridden 3f out, disputing 3rd under pressure inside final 2f, one pace and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Vitznau (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Rooknrasbryripple 40-1 (8-6) Prominent, led halfway, ridden and edged left 1f out, soon headed, no extra, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sally's Swansong (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) pol in Sep.
Fast Samurai (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Dwet, soon chasing leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Spellmaker 10-3 (9-1) Close up, ridden over 2f out, hung left from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Verus Delicia (8-6) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Jul.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Went right at start, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind Whipphound (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.