In the first division of a competitive handicap Todber was expected to go better last time and while we respect his chances it could be worth aiming at some value by siding with course specialist SUHAYL STAR with Irish raider Partner also looking an interesting contender. A return to the turf didn't suit the selection last time out so the run is best ignored. Prior to that he was showing consistent form on the Polytrack, including a runner's up spot over course and distance, and off the same mark here he should be back to his best. Todber was unable to take advantage of a good opportunity to score last time racing off the same rating she'd won off of in her previous run. The only excuse could have been Wolverhampton's slightly slower surface but given he's had a mark rise despite that defeat we just oppose this time. Partner has been running well recently including on his all-weather debut at Dundalk last time. Based on that he's still competitively treated and Jamie Spencer looks an eye-catching jockey booking. Cheap Thrills is a pound lighter than when last scoring but can be a bit hit and miss so we'll take a bit of a chance with Suhayl Star.
Cheap Thrills 25-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 1f out, ridden and kept on under pressure, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Fault (8-11) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Todber 5-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Loyal Royal (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Doctor Hilary 33-1 (9-4) Towards rear, behind final 3f, 10th of 11, 22l behind Resplendent Alpha (9-2) at Kempton 6f hcp (5) pol in Nov '08.
Dakota Hills 12-1 (9-1) Prominent, chased winner 4f out, until over 2f out, weakened quickly soon after, last of 12, 31l behind Arteus (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Mambo Spirit (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Led far side, headed 2f out, no impression after, 9th of 13, 5l behind Requisite (9-8) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Yankee Storm 6-1 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, short lived effort on inside 2f out, 8th of 11, 5l behind Berbice (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Titus Gent 7-2fav (9-2) Held up, ridden halfway, never a factor, 8th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Weet A Surprise (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Miss Hollybell 50-1 (9-0) Raced wide in mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 16l behind Arteus (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Suhayl Star (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Chased leaders over 3f, last of 9, 13l behind Bohobe (7-12) at Salisbury 6f app hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Partner (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, improved to lead narrowly 1 1/2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, headed last strides, 3rd of 14, hd behind Withnail (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Agnes Love 7-1 (8-11) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, faded well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Speak The Truth (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.