This looks between the two at the bottom of the weights. Standing Strong scored over 1m2f here during the week and carries a penalty as he attempts to reverse earlier running over track and trip with CABUCHON. The latter has since been beaten over 2m but David Evans' charge can come out best once again back over today's distance. Akdam has scored over hurdles since finishing third on the Polytrack in December and makes more appeal than Wolverhampton winner My Lord, who has been well beaten subsequently. Rowan Ridge went close at Kempton last month but Thecornishcowboy remains out of form.
Planetoid (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden well over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never able to challenge, last of 10, 7l behind Whitby Jet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Swampfire (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Driven forward and soon prominent, lost place over 2f out, last of 11, 18l behind Asia Minor (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Rowan Ridge 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Fearless Lad (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Thecornishcowboy 33-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Scottish Star (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Jewelled 66-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Commissar (9-6) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
My Lord 11-2 (9-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 6l behind Top Diktat (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Enriching (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Towards rear on outside, driven 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Club House (9-8) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Feb.
Zaeem 5-1 (9-4) Mid-division, headway on outside over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra when lost place inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Whitby Jet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Innoko (FR) 100-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Fearless Lad (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Akdam (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, headway on outer 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Rebel Force (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Cabuchon (GER) 6-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, no impression final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind King's Request (9-3) at Lingfield 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Standing Strong (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Raced wide held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Orpen'arry (8-11) by 1/2l, 10 ran.