Stag Hill finished a length ahead of Elegant Ophelia when third at Kempton a fortnight ago. But CABUCHON's form looks superior given he was narrowly beaten at the same track last week by the progressive The Ginger Berry, who was landing a hat-trick. David Evans' charge has the beating of Bennelong on collateral form and gets the vote. Standing Strong has slipped to a decent mark and should confirm earlier running with Salient.
Stag Hill (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Low Key (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Elegant Ophelia 14-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3l behind Low Key (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Cabuchon (GER) 9-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, switched sharply left over 2f out, good headway between horses over 1f out, sustained run into 2nd final 135 yards, stayed on but not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind The Ginger Berry (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
James Pollard (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 9, 8l behind Obboorr (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Standing Strong (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, but in touch, headway when not clear run over 1f out, stayed on well, nearest finaish, 4th of 6, 4l behind Paddy's Saltantes (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Bennelong 7-1 (9-4) Raced freely in touch, effort well over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind The Ginger Berry (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Salient 33-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort on inside over 1f out, kept on same pace, weakened well inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Whitby Jet (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Red Skipper (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Raced keenly, tracked winner, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 19l behind Think Its All Over (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp (4) gd in Sep '11.