INVESTMENT EXPERT doesn't look an easy ride but was having just his third start when winning a maiden over course and distance two weeks ago under Seb Sanders. There is probably a lot more in the locker and a mark of 74 on his handicap debut looks manageable. It took Ocean Applause 19 attempts to get off the mark and he then disappointed when favourite at Kempton. He looks one to be wary of while Kickingthelilly and Chapter And Verse are better on the Polytrack. Brownsea Brink won at Kempton in November but hasn't raced since Boxing Day and could find a couple of these too sharp.
Kickingthelilly 7-1 (9-2) In rear, headway on outer 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 8, 9l behind San Cassiano (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Barwick 15-2 (8-12) Held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd post, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Roserrow (9-7) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Bassara (9-4) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Ocean Applause 5-1fav (9-13) Mid-division on outside, pushed along and not quicken 2f out, no chance after and eased final furlong, 10th of 14, 6l behind Progenitor (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Perfect Haven 7-1 (9-0) Went left start, took keen hold, held up in touch, allowed to stride on and went 2nd 5f out, ridden over 3f out, lost place 2f out, last of 7, 33l behind Rock Choir (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Brownsea Brink 3-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Glory City (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Investment Expert (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Close up in last place, headway when hung left and carried head awkwardly from over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Akeed Dubawi (9-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Mandy's Boy (IRE) : 3-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ready (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.