Sommersturm won over 1m6f here last month but has has something to prove on his previous attempts over today's longer trip. IF I HAD HIM is a course and distance winner and, despite not having won for some time, gets the tentative vote after a recent outing over timber. Neil's Pride had no problem lasting home when runner-up over 2m at Southwell last time and should figure again on this faster surface while If What And Maybe and Petersboden make more appeal than the returning Vertueux.
Vertueux (FR) 11-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, lost place over 8f out, pushed along over 5f out, soon beaten, last of 6, 24l behind The Absent Mare (8-10) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar '12.
Sommersturm (GER) 7-4fav (9-7) Keen raced wide held up, headway to track leaders over 7f out, outpaced 2f out, ridden and headway 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Smirfy's Silver (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
If I Had Him (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression on winner, lost 2nd final 110 yards, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Coup De Grace (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Aegean Destiny 10-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside when hampered approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 7l behind Sommersturm (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Neil's Pride 8-1 (8-4) Keen tracked leaders, pressed winner and every chance 2f out, led entering final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Scribe (8-8) at Southwell 2m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
I'lldoit 7-1 (8-10) Towards rear, reminders over 10f out, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 10, 9l behind Sommersturm (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
If What And Maybe 33-1 (8-8) Soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 3l behind Guards Chapel (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Orpen Bid (IRE) 80-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, soon prominent, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 45l behind Thundering Home (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec '11.
Petersboden 9-2fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on, held by winner final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Midnight Sequel (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.