ATHAAKEEL bounced back to score over C&D last time and dropping down a grade today is taken to follow-up despite a penalty. First Rebellion went close to adding to his only victory so far when runner-up at Kempton last week with a couple of today's opposition behind. Mr Optimistic finished a bit closer last time but Artful Lady has failed to figure over longer trips since her C&D win in November. Dixie Gwalia has a shout but was engaged to run here yesterday.
Athaakeel (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Soon behind and outpaced, headway under pressure over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating Putin (8-13) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Artful Lady (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 7l behind Sandy Lane (9-0) at Lingfield 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.
Dixie Gwalia 33-1 (8-3) Held up in rear, chased leaders under pressure 2f out, switched outside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winner final 120 yards, just held, 2nd of 6, nk behind Dark Lane (8-9) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 5l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Mr Optimistic 12-1 (9-6) Of fthe pace in 8th, headway on oustside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Cut The Cackle (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden on outside 2f out, no headway, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Teen Ager (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Fast Samurai (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Dwet, soon chasing leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
The Jailer 66-1 (8-2) With leader, lost place over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 12l behind Dark Lane (8-9) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol.
Ishi 16-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden on outside over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 6l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
First Rebellion 12-1 (9-0) Led early, tracked winner, ridden and edged right over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Cheyenne Red (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, lost place over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Vhujon (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Outpaced in rear, staying on when not clear run inside final furlong, ran on well final 100 yards, never nearer, 6th of 10, 3l behind Beach Candy (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Lady By Red (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Dazzlin Bluebell (8-12) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.