The obvious conundrum to solve is whether Desert Colours can build upon his all-weather four-timer, achieved in decisive style, now reverting to Turf. Kevin Scott, a young jockey going places, has partnered the gelding to success the last twice and is in the plate again. It's tempting to row in with the combination but IMSHIVALLA, one of two Fahey entries, just makes greater appeal. She admittedly has a considerable absence to overcome but did progress well through her juvenile campaign and Samantha Bell is looking increasingly good value for her 5lb claim. Sir Guy Porteous may be better than he has shown so far and Tiffany Bay remains unexposed but does have to concede weight all round.
Tiffany Bay (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Prominent, challenged 2f out, soon 3rd, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Vector Force (9-2) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.
Imshivalla (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Led, headed 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Remember (9-5) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Regiment 14-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 20l behind Roachdale House (9-6) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Beautiful Stranger (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Desert Ranger (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo stks 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Desert Colours 3-1fav (9-1) Made all, ridden well over 1f out, hung badly right and left in command under pressure inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Byron Gala (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Sir Guy Porteous (IRE) 5-4fav (9-2) Soon led, ridden when headed approaching final furlong, edged left and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Nova Princesse (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Princess Rose 12-1 (9-0) Half reared start, soon recovered chasing leaders, ridden edged left and went modest 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Danehill Revival (9-0) at Pontefract 6f mdn fll stks (5) sft.
Dark Crystal 14-1 (7-13) Went left start, chased leaders, led over 2f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Redcar 7f 2yo clm (6) sft in Oct beating Mr Carbonfootprint (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bajan Rebel 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 8l behind Jazzy Lady (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.