Drawnfromthepast comes out best at the weights and this looks easier than the claimer at Lingfield he finished third in last time. However, he reportedly broke a blood vessel on that occasion and LUCKY ART looks a safer option. The latter has been beaten in decent handicaps of late but won a claimer at Kempton in October and beat today's rival Angelo Poliziano at Ripon before that. Red Cape had Riflessione behind over C&D in November and went in again over 6f here a week ago, while Hinton Admiral and Desert Strike also have the past form to figure in a wide-open claimer.
Red Cape (FR) 10-1 (9-2) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating One Way Or Another (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Drawnfromthepast (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Deerslayer (8-9) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Hinton Admiral 6-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Tombi (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Desert Strike 3-1 (8-11) Soon tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, disputing 2nd inside final furlong, weakening when hampered closing stages, last of 7, 2l behind Diamond Charlie (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Riflessione 5-1 (9-1) Soon pushed along in rear, 11th of 12, 14l behind Caldercruix (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Forty Proof (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon lost place, 11th of 12, 17l behind Upper Lambourn (9-6) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Lucky Art (USA) 9-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Sugar Beet (9-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Angelo Poliziano 5-2 (9-6) In rear and outpaced, ridden and headway to go 3rd over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Atlantic Cycle (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f clm stks (6) gs in Jul.