Pearl looks one more suited by hurdling these days, Paint The Town Red is out of form and Babilu faded when last seen at Kempton over this trip. Bushy Dell will enjoy retuning to the Polytrack as she has struggled to have an impact on the Fibresand at Southwell and back to a realistic looking mark she could get more involved here. Taste The Wine has more to find and connections will hope the hold up tactics of Richard Hughes may reap the dividends. Chocolate Caramel has won over this trip before but a bigger threat may come in the form of Red Kestrel. Although Kevin Ryan's gelding has only won once from sixteen starts, he stayed on well last time and today's increase in trip could well be suitable. Our vote goes to RESPLENDENT ACE who won last time out here and although unexposed over this trip he has the best form on offer and off only 4lb higher is taken to score again.
Red Kestrel (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Led 5f, in touch, reminder 7f out, outpaced over 3f out, riden 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to go 2nd post, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Cat O' Nine Tails (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Chocolate Caramel (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, soon headway, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 17, 11l behind Pertemps Networks (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not clear run over 2f out, not clear run and hampered over 1f out, not able to recover, switched left inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Foreign King (8-9) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep.
Resplendent Ace (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Dwelt, in rear, headway on outer 4f out to chase leader, led 2f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol beating Aaman (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bushy Dell (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, behind, driven over 7f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 7, well behind Veloso (9-9) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Babilu 7-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 14l behind Perception (9-7) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Paint The Town Red 8-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 4l behind Bute Street (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Pearl (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 9th of 12, 16l behind Snowberry Hill (8-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.