Captain Cardington won at Sandown early last month but could make no impression under a penalty at Kempton subsequently and, though this is a lesser contest, he may struggle to give weight away here to one or two potentially promising newcomers. Seventh Sign won three times on the Flat last year for Tommy Carmody and is now with Alan King while Trend Is My Friend won a Sandown handicap over 1m2f last July. But we're going to take a chance on the unraced VEAUCE DE SIVOLA, who has a cracking NH pedigree and represents a yard that has done well with similar types in the past.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Not always fluent, prominent, led after 2nd, headed next, led again after 4th, headed approaching 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 7, 28l behind Irish Saint (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
Bold Cuffs 10-3 (10-12) Not fluent, tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Vasco D'ycy (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Seventh Sign 9-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, well off the pace, closer order straight, ridden in pursuit of principals 1 1/2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8 Face Value (8-4) at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 hvy in Oct (flat).
Superciliary 66-1 (10-9) Always in rear, slow and lost touch 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, 30l behind Knight Of Pleasure (10-9) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy.
Trend Is My Friend (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Held up behind, headway to join leaders on outside 4f out, driven and lost place inside final 2f, soon weakened, 5th of 14, 17l behind The Tiger (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct (flat).
Veauce De Sivola (FR) Assessor gelding out of Eva De Chalamont.