Taajub's losing run goes back to 2012, the year he won this race with DIAMOND CHARLIE well beaten. But the latter came good in last year's renewal and gets the vote racing off the same mark today. Sandfrankskipsgo landed a gamble at Kempton in good style but will need to find a bit more here having been raised 7lb and the same goes for Triple Dream, upped 3lb for winning at the same track last time with Powerful Wind well beaten. Wolverhampton winner Expose has scope for further progress and Irish import Bainne won off today's mark at Sligo in August.
Taajub (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Raced wide mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Rivellino (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol.
Diamond Charlie (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Always in rear, last of 12, 9l behind Rivellino (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol.
Triple Dream 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, hard driven, held on gamely, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Dangerous Age (9-0) by shd, 7 ran.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Raced freely, led, headed over 1f out, weakened quickly, last of 7, 11l behind Triple Dream (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sandfrankskipsgo 5-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, led 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Desert Strike (9-2) by 3l, 7 ran.
Royal Bajan (USA) 10-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace when switched left over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 9l behind Even Stevens (8-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Jan.
We'll Deal Again 10-1 (9-3) Awkwardly away and slowly into stride, in rear, never a factor, 10th of 15, 6l behind Love Island (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Bainne (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 15l behind Discussiontofollow (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Fratellino 20-1 (8-13) Slowly away, always in rear, last of 7, 14l behind Abi Scarlet (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Expose 9-2 (8-11) Mid-division in 4th, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Lexi's Hero (9-13) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.