OVETT took another step forward when making all for an easy win at Kempton on Wednesday. He can effectively race of a lower mark today with Ned Curtis' 7lb claim taken into account and looks the one to beat. Small Fury is another on the upgrade but has a penalty for last week's cosy win at Wolverhampton and is closely matched on collateral form with Blazing Knight. The latter landed a double at Wolverhampton himself before well beaten at Doncaster last time. Archie Stevens won at Dunstall Park in November but has struggled off higher marks since.
Blazing Knight (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division centre, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 16, 13l behind Muharrib (9-7) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Nov.
Ovett 7-4 (9-7) Went left start, made virtually all, driven clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol beating Multitask (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Archie Stevens 9-2 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden when carried wide into straight 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Yarroom (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Small Fury (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2f out, led 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Fat Bottom Girl (8-4) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Divine Angel 9-2 (8-11) Pressed leader, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace when not much room inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 4th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Opus Cactus (8-6) at Kempton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol.