This looks pretty tight at the weights but HONEY OF A KITTEN is holding his form well. A decent third in a handicap last week, David Evans' charge beat a below-par Yourinthewill at Lingfield in a seller before that and can land this with a similar effort. Twice a winner over track and trip last year, Availed Speaker has a shout with an apprentice's 7lb allowance helping his cause and the Irish raider Syrian is not out of this on his best form at this track, though that was back in 2011. Faithful Ruler is a regular at this level and usually makes his presence felt having won a couple of times already this year under today's claimer.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Keen close up, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 6l behind Travelling (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Feb.
Honey Of A Kitten (USA) 9-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Carazam (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Yourinthewill (USA) 5-1 (9-6) Held up, not clear run over 2f out, kept on, never a factor, 6th of 10, 8l behind Honey Of A Kitten (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Availed Speaker (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 11l behind Our Ivor (8-10) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb.
Buaiteoir (FR) 16-1 (8-3) With leader, challenged 3f out, soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon hampered and weakened, 8th of 10, 6l behind Pravda Street (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.
Syrian 4-1fav (8-13) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway and hung left over 1f out, soon switched right, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Gunner Will (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Commerce 50-1 (10-5) Very slowy away, held up towards rear, headway over 6f out to track leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 13l behind Tidy Affair (10-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb.