Keep Kicking won an all-weather bumper at Kempton in January and Mickelson finished runner-up in a similar event at Lingfield in the same month. Smalib Monterg is better than both of the above over hurdles and makes his debut on the Flat today while Drummond has bits of form on Turf last year that give him a shout. Fulgora has been placed in maidens at Lingfield the last twice but BIN MANDURO's third at Kempton looks stronger form and James Tate's charge gets the vote to open his account. Street Artist and Al Meezan are both worth noting in the betting on their debuts.
Keep Kicking (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway to chase clear winner over 2f out, ridden and no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Kent Ragstone (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Mickelson (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Always prominent, 4th and ridden early straight, challenged 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Glam Gerry (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks in Oct.
Smalib Monterg (FR) 7-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, weakened after 2 out, 12th of 15, 10l behind Local Hero (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Sep.
Drummond 10-1 (9-3) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Seven Veils (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Fulgora 9-2 (9-9) Led 1f, tracked leader until over 3f out, outpaced when pace quickened over 2f out, rallied approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind El Massivo (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Galway Gem (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along before 5th, reminders soon after, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Hidden Identity (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 4 ran.
Al Meezan Nayef colt out of Festivale.
Bin Manduro 7-2 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Magical Kingdom (8-4) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Street Artist (IRE) Street Cry colt out of Portrayal.