A big field but no recent winning form to go on. Comedy House was beaten only a nose at Kempton last month and should be in the mix with a similar effort while Celtic King won this last year off a lower mark and could also figure. Broxbourne finished ahead of Gabrial's Hope when fourth at Wolverhampton and Formidable Guest showed a bit more last time. A speculative vote goes the way of David Elsworth's filly HANDSOME MOLLY as she's likely to improve for the longer trip on her handicap debut and this won't take much winning.
Comedy House 2-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, not much room over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 13, ns behind Rodrigo De Freitas (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Corres (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 6l behind Sir Boss (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Cozy Tiger (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, raced in last pair, struggling 6f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 35l behind Omid (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 7-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 12, 4l behind Gabrial's King (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 6l behind Kames Park (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f Handicap (0-63) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Sommersturm (GER) 25-1 (8-10) Behind, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, 5th of 10, 4l behind Spirit Of Gondree (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Formidable Guest 33-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Jacobs Son (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol.
Benozzo Gozzoli 20-1 (10-7) Led, headed 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 10l behind Lil Ella (10-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.
Broxbourne (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, outpaced well over 1f out, switched right and ran on closing stages, 4th of 11, 1 3/4l behind Kames Park (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f Handicap (0-63) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Handsome Molly 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 8l behind Srinagar Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol.
Broughton Place 25-1 (8-10) In rear, headway on outer over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, no impression final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Honest Strike (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Sing Alana Sing 20-1 (8-6) Clipped heels and unseated rider after 1f, in a race won by Italian Riviera (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov, 9 ran.
Total Obsession 50-1 (8-0) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 8l behind Oneiric (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jun.
Midnight Sequel 7-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Easydoesit (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.