EMERALD WILDERNESS boasts the highest handicap mark and should be spot on now after a couple of recent outings. He beat Grey Mirage and no less than four other subsequent winners over track and trip in February and a repeat would see him home and dry in this. Mia's Boy could only manage fourth in last year's renewal and Tasrih has a tough task at the weights racing under a penalty. Alfred Hutchinson's all-weather wins have all come at Wolverhampton, but Freewheel is the least exposed and may well reverse recent running with Mia's Boy on only his second start since May.
Tasrih (USA) 7-2fav (9-3) Soon crossed over from wide gate to lead, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, kept on gamely, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Corporal Maddox (9-7) by nk, 14 ran.
Freewheel (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked winner until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 7l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (3yo+) (2) pol.
Alfred Hutchinson 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 6l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Crius (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 1f out on inside, one pace, 4th of 8, 4l behind Mont Ras (10-0) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 28l behind String Theory (9-0) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol.
Mia's Boy 20-1 (9-4) In rear, headway over 1f out on inner, soon went 3rd, kept on, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (3yo+) (2) pol.
Silverheels (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Raced near side, chased leaders, weakened pushed along halfway, soon weakened, last of 27, well behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f (2) sft in Oct.
Trader Jack 20-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in touch, lost place over 3f out, last of 12, 31l behind Solar Deity (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Rhamnus 9-2 (8-12) Led until over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 3l behind Karam Albaari (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.