Benedict Spirit won well here on Monday over 1m4f and the David Evans-trained gelding has to be respected under his penalty for that success but he has yet to prove that he stays two miles and may be worth taking on with preference for CALCULATING, who gets the nod over Rose Row. Mary Hambro's mare disappointed at Kempton two stars ago but ran much better when chasing home Sinbad The Sailor at Lingfield over this trip last time and she has every chance racing off the same mark today. Peter Cundell's Alnwick has the beating of Rose Row on their Kempton running behind Alsadaa and he has to be considered off the same mark today, with the possibility of improving for that run that was his first since October. Admirable Duque bounced back to winning ways when landing a handicap here over 1m6f last month and he is another to be respected but a 5lb rise for that latest success makes this more difficult. Alan King's Silk Hall is very useful over hurdles but is probably just using this as a prep race for the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in two weeks time and a better bet looks to be Calculating. Mark Usher's gelding would not be winning out of turn were he to oblige here having found one too good in each of his last four starts but he has surprisingly not been punished by the handicapper for his consistency and can gain a deserved success off just a 2lb higher mark than when narrowly beaten at Southwell last month.
Silk Hall (UAE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, soon no impression, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Dance The Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Rose Row 11-2 (9-11) Steadied start, held up in rear, good headway well over 1f out, led briefly entering final furlong, chased winner after, kept on, always just held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Sinbad The Sailor (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Benedict Spirit (IRE) 10-3fav (8-10) Hampered after 1f, tracked leaders, ridden to lead entering final 2f soon hung right, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Tropical Blue (8-9) by 3l, 9 ran.
Alnwick 9-2 (9-6) Tracked winner, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Alsadaa (9-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, switched right over 1f out, soon led, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb beating Kames Park (8-9) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Transvestite (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, driven and weakened 2f out, 4th of 6, 4l behind Kames Park (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Calculating (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Held up in touch, improved to join leader over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 5, hd behind Victory Quest (8-12) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Stagecoach Emerald 5-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, ridden 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 13l behind Russian Music (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.