Sloop Johnb had Elhamri behind when third at Southwell last week. Both are perfectly at home on Polytrack but the former is the more consistent and is fancied to confirm superiority. Ingleby Star and WEET A SURPRISE are similar in that both are having their third start after a lay-off and have dropped down to winning marks. However, James Unett's mare has the better record here with five wins and looks to have the edge. Clifton Bridge is struggling at present and Avonvalley is up against it on these terms.
Elhamri 10-1 (9-5) Tracked winner until over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Feelin Foxy (9-12) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sloop Johnb 5-2fav (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Colorus (8-5) at Southwell 5f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Clifton Bridge 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, soon faded, 10th of 12, 10l behind Swiss Cross (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Weet A Surprise 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out until weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 9l behind Hulcote Rose (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Avonvalley 16-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always behind, 8th of 9, 7l behind Estonia (8-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Chased leader until halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Incomparable (9-5) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.