Even Stevens has won on Polytrack but is much better on the Fibresand at Southwell and Swiss Cross is preferred on his third at Kempton last time where he had Bajan Tryst a length behind. Corporal Maddox faces a much stiffer task here than he did when landing a claimer at this track last week so the progressive three-year-old MEZZOTINT gets the vote. He's up 7lb for beating a subsequent winner at Windsor back in June but is likely to have improved further since then and a chance is taken he's fully tuned-up for his return to action.
Even Stevens 80-1 (9-3) Led until over 2f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 19, 7l behind Eton Rifles (9-3) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Nov.
Bajan Tryst (USA) 9-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Whaileyy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Swiss Cross 7-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Whaileyy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Mezzotint (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led close home, ran on well, won at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Jun beating Nassau Storm (7-13) by nk, 8 ran.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, last of 12, 20l behind Italian Tom (8-7) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Corporal Maddox 5-4fav (9-6) In rear, plenty to do when switched to outer over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, led near finish, won at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Majuro (8-13) by 1l, 11 ran.
Elna Bright 33-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 13l behind Solar Deity (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Sulis Minerva (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Mid-division on inside, driven to chase leaders inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 9l behind York Glory (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Valery Borzov (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Raced freely tracking leader, effort well over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Kingscroft (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Song Of Parkes 5-1 (9-12) Behind, headway over 1f out, kept on well, never on terms, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ginger Ted (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.