Storm Runner, the only previous C&D winner in the second division of this handicap, stayed on late at Kempton last month, finishing ahead of Exopuntia and Querido in the process. George Margarson's gelding has every chance here while Squirrel Wood should also go close if reproducing her latest third at the same track. BAHRI SHEEN blew the start at Kempton last time but stayed on strongly in the closing stages to get to within three quarters-of-a-length of Circuitous. Custom House was only sixth and John Best's gelding can go one better here.
Irons On Fire (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden inside final furlong, one pace and no impression, 11th of 14, 10l behind Uncle Roger (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Squirrel Wood (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, 1/2l behind Pastoral Jet (9-0) at Kempton 1m stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Brown Pete (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Dwelt towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 11, 8l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Bahri Sheen (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Reared in stalls, held up in rear, headway 2f out, soon switched right, ran on, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Circuitous (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Custom House (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, headway and switched left 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Circuitous (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Storm Runner (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden and switched left over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 5l behind Whinging Willie (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.
Source Of Light (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Took keen hold in mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 26l behind Ensnare (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Men Don't Cry (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 7l behind Chrissycross (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Do More Business (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Made most, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final 120 yards, 9th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Trusting (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Shore Performer (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Held up and behind, headway on inside over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 13, 12l behind Tatting (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Exopuntia 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 14, 6l behind Whinging Willie (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.
Querido (GER) 25-1 (9-4) Soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 18l behind Whinging Willie (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.