It's hard to have much confidence in any of these. Meglio Ancora is a recent winner but in an even lower grade than this while Archelao scored over track and trip back in April but hasn't figured since. Bennelong needs further nowadays, though Polydamos ran his best race of the year when dropped back to today's trip at Kempton. CATIVO CAVALLINO has had just the two starts this year and he gets the token vote given he was placed off much higher marks at this track last season and could well take advantage.
Bennelong 7-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, behind, headway on outside over 4f out, driven to chase leaders 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 14l behind Funky Munky (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Archelao (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Arabian Flight (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Meglio Ancora 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway to chase clear leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol beating Classy Trick (9-4) by shd, 11 ran.
Blue Deer (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) 8th when in view over 4f out, disputing last and ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 6l behind The Dancing Lord (8-11) at Lingfield 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Cativo Cavallino 16-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ridden and no impresssion 2f out until stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Squirrel Wood (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Polydamos 8-1 (9-1) Mid-division, switched inside and effort to chase leaders 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind This Is Me (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol.
Ottavino (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, effort when hung badly right over 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 12, 14l behind Loraine (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Botanist 8-1 (8-13) Dwelt, towards rear, pushed along 1f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Perfect Honour (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct '12.
Meetha Achar 50-1 (8-5) Held up mid-division, one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 16l behind Secret Talent (9-1) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr.
Cuthbert (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, last of 13, 17l behind Foie Gras (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Byrd In Hand (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind Lady Lunchalot (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Starbotton 50-1 (8-8) Led, headed 7f out, tracked leader until over 3f out, tracked leaders, ridden when hampered entering final 2f and lost places, rallied inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Litmus (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol.