A decent little handicap where Strabinios King and Trafalgar Square both claims have but we prefer those of MR LAMBROS. Gay Kelleway's gelding has slipped back to a very handy mark now and has some good previous form over course and distance. The return to 7f here should suit and it was only as recently as November that he was just touched off over course and distance from a 9lb higher mark, so we will side with him. Strabinios King meets Trafalgar Square on 1lb worse terms than when beaten by him here last week and is not expected to reverse those placings as a result. Autumn Blades just needs dropping a shade further to get ultra competitive, while Compton¿s Eleven is on a decent mark and now that the yard is going well he is respected, but Mr Lambros gets the vote.
Mr Lambros 28-1 (7-11) Started slowly, always behind, struggling final 2f, 8th of 11, 7l behind Doubtful Sound (8-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Trafalgar Square 13-2 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, headway going well on inside to track leader over 1f out, ridden to lead final 100 yards, ran on well, eased near finish, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Everybody Knows (9-4) by 2l, 13 ran.
Compton's Eleven 14-1 (9-0) Soon pushed along in rear, driven 3f out, kept on towards finish, never nearer, 7th of 11, 5l behind My Gacho (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Autumn Blades (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, headway on ouside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, finished well, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind The Game (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Dec.
Strabinios King 13-8fav (8-10) Chased leader, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Red Cape (8-7) by 3l, 9 ran.
Randama Bay (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, weakened well inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Dichoh (9-9) at W'hampton 1m 1f clm (6) pol.