Medam has been placed in similar company recently. She should go close once again but MY LEARNED FRIEND gets another chance having run better than his finishing position suggests when sixth in a higher grade race last time. He's preferred to stablemate Grand Piano, but Birdie Queen went close over 6f here last month and may figure. Torres Del Paine finished ahead of Alfresco when fourth at Kempton recently and Metropolitan Chief is another with a shout in a poor handicap.
Basle 33-1 (9-6) Held up, headway 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 11l behind Tartan Trip (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Birdie Queen 12-1 (9-0) Keen, tracked leader 4f out, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed post, 2nd of 6, ns behind Assertive Agent (9-0) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
My Learned Friend (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Pushed along towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Shaunas Spirit (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Torres Del Paine 11-2 (9-3) Went right start, behind, driven 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 10, 3l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Grand Piano (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 13, 13l behind Shahrazad (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Hinton Admiral 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders 2f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 12, 4l behind Ivor's Princess (9-6) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Alfresco 25-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Waterloo Dock 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outside, reminders halfway, weakened soon after, last of 10, 21l behind Clearing (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jun.
Metropolitan Chief 25-1 (9-1) Close up, headway to chase clear winner entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Gregori (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Mick Dundee (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 13l behind One Way Or Another (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Nov.
Moortahan 20-1 (9-2) Driven forward to soon lead, headed over 4f out, led again over 3f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 9th of 13, 9l behind Spirit Of Gondree (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol.
Compton Silver 25-1 (9-3) Took keen hold chasing leaders on outside, hung right and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 14l behind Arabian Flight (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Little Red Nell (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden halfway, soon weakened, last of 7, 35l behind Conversational (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Medam 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Foie Gras (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.