Lowther has won over 1m3f but today's trip will stretch his stamina to the limit. There are no such concerns for Nautilus as he scored over 1m4f at Leicester in September. But he has a 10lb higher mark to contend with while Lady Rosamunde, not badly treated on her best form, has a six-month absence to overcome. Super Say and Grendisar have been running well in lower grade handicaps of late but MODERNSTONE finished a close-up fourth to much higher rated rivals in a Listed event at Kempton last time and a repeat should see Bill Knight's filly come out best today.
Lowther 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3f out, soon behind, eased over 1f out, last of 12, 45l behind Marshgate Lane (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol.
Nautilus 9-4fav (9-6) Tracked leading pair, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, lost place over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Halfsin (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Mawaakef (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) In touch in rear, ridden 6f out, weakened 4f out, 6th of 7, well behind Masterful Act (9-9) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) fbs in Nov.
Lady Rosamunde 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and no extra final furlong, 4th of 9, 10l behind Kikonga (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Super Say (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Prominent, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Shavansky (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Modernstone 20-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Aussie Reigns (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Grendisar (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, good headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, stayed on for 2nd, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Presburg (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.