HORSTED KEYNES was having his first start of the year when scoring at Wolverhampton so it's reasonable to expect improvement from Roger Varian's charge. He gets the vote ahead of another unexposed type in Favourite Treat, who sluiced up in a maiden at Chepstow in September. Noble Citizen went close at Kempton last time but this is tougher while Naabegha has been running well over shorter trips. Veteran pair, Mia's Boy and Docofthebay, return from lay-offs as they warm up for the all-weather season but Balducci has fallen further down the weights and could figure.
Mia's Boy 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Mont Ras (9-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in May.
Democretes 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear stands side, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 17, 14l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Balducci 7-2 (9-12) Chased leader, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind Tatlisu (9-9) at Newbury 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
Loyalty 33-1 (8-6) Raced wide and held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never a threat, 9th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Graphic (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Sep.
Naabegha 5-1 (8-10) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 11l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy.
Favourite Treat (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Made all and overall leader stand side, shaken up to go clear over 1f out, easily, won at Chepstow 7f mdn stks (5) sft in Sep beating Endless Light (9-0) by 9l, 7 ran.
Docofthebay (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 13th of 15, 13l behind Silvery Moon (9-7) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Indian Jack (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 5l behind Shavansky (8-6) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Sep '12.
Noble Citizen (USA) 7-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, driven and headway on inside over 2f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Ocean Legend (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Aug.
Capo Rosso (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Just Paul (8-5) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Al's Memory (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Always behind, 8th of 12, 8l behind Shafaani (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Horsted Keynes (FR) 7-4fav (8-9) Tracked leader, led approaching final furlong, pushed out, comfortable, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep beating Invisible Hunter (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.