Mr Burbidge drops back in trip in search of his fifth straight win. He scored easily over 2m here last time and is certainly the one to beat despite a penalty, though connections will be hoping one or more of today's rivals will set a decent pace. Handicap debutant Summerfree may do so and Phoenix Flight took up the running early when fourth on his latest visit to this venue. But hold-up horse MONZINO, well beaten by Mr Burbidge here last time, has a chance of taking revenge given he found only one too good over course and distance last month and Michael Chapman's charge gets the vote.
Mr Burbidge 2-1fav (10-0) Went right start tracked leader, led 4f out, came centre and clear over 2f out, eased final furlong, comfortable, won at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Yasir (9-8) by 8l, 5 ran.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along over 4f out, weakened well over 3f out, last of 8, 36l behind Princess Caetani (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Monzino (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Slowly away in touch in rear, pushed along 6f out, ridden over 4f out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 13l behind Mr Burbidge (10-0) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Summerfree (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Led until ridden 2f out, soon lost 2nd and kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Great Fighter (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.