DIAMOND CHARLIE stormed to an easy victory at Kempton on last month's return to action. He's been raised 8lb for his trouble but has the beating of his main rivals on collateral form and can follow up. The selection beat Triple Dream at Kempton and the latter found Royal Bajan a neck too good before winning over track and trip a fortnight ago when beating Sandfrankskipsgo. Tyfos and My Son Max have a shout but Picansort looks the main threat as he's been back to something like best of late, though he steps up a grade for this.
Diamond Charlie (IRE) 7-4fav (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up off the pace in 5th, closed halfway, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon clear, readily, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Triple Dream (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
My Son Max 7-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, staying on when not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, ran on well to dead heat for 3rd near finish, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Bubbly Ballerina (8-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Electric Qatar 12-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 12, 5l behind Ubetterbegood (9-6) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Royal Bajan (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden and edged left over 1f out, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Triple Dream (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Le Toreador 8-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 6, 5l behind Hamoody (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Triple Dream 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Hamoody (9-4) by shd, 10 ran.
Picansort 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Novabridge (9-1) by 2l, 8 ran.
Tyfos 22-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, every chance inside final furlong, lost 2nd and no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Royal Bajan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Sandfrankskipsgo 8-1 (9-1) Steadied start, towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Triple Dream (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Lujeanie 33-1 (8-8) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Light From Mars (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.