Simon Walker has won this twice in recent years and picks up the ride on the in-form CAPTAIN KENDALL. The latter has won three of his last four outings on the Polytrack and looks the one to beat in this. Annes Rocket won at Bath in September and is partnered by another leading amateur on his return to action while Going French won one of these events at Chester last season and is another to consider. Holy Angel scored here in January and has been thereabouts off higher marks since while Angelo Poliziano and M J Woodward are both multiple course winners and capable of going close.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway going well from 2f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Bath 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fm in Sep beating Mother Jones (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lujeanie 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and hung right from over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Ocean Legend (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Holy Angel (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on, never nearer, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind New Decade (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Captain Kendall (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Held up, headway to chase leader over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, driven and ran on, won at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Jake The Snake (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Rigolleto (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Mid division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 28l behind Royal Reyah (9-2) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Going French (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, hung right under pressure inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Chester 6f am hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep beating Methaaly (10-2) by 2l, 8 ran.
M J Woodward 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Captain Scooby (9-6) at Redcar 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Angelo Poliziano 7-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Lucky Dan (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Restless Bay (IRE) 13-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Point North (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Magical Speedfit (IRE) 22-1 (8-10) Held up, not clear run over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4l behind Havin' A Good Time (8-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Welease Bwian (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Mid-divsion, ridden and headway entering final furlong, no impression towards finish, 5th of 12, 4l behind Jack My Boy (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcap (3) pol in Feb.
Gaelic Wizard (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, outpaced after 2f, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 6, 13l behind Dickie Le Davoir (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Methaaly (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Slowly away, in rear when bumped and stumbled after 1f, never a factor, 9th of 11, 6l behind Haadeeth (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.