Escape To Glory and Jarrow were both winners last year and could figure if far enough forward on their first starts since September. Captain Scooby is beginning to look in the handicapper's grip and The Happy Hammer has done all his winning over further so the vote goes to LASTKINGOFSCOTLAND. He had a below-par Mambo Spirit well behind when scoring over today's distance at Kempton last time and, though he's stepping up a grade today, this doesn't look any tougher and Conor Dore's charge is taken to go in again.
Escape To Glory (USA) 11-2 (9-2) Led, clear over 4f out until 2f out, soon ridden, headed towards finish, no extra, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind The Guru Of Gloom (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Julius Geezer (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Always behind, last of 17, 10l behind Doc Hay (9-2) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Jarrow (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 20l behind Imperator Augustus (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon edged right, driven out, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Black Cadillac (8-9) by 1l, 10 ran.
Restless Bay (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, not trouble leaders, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind My Kingdom (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Gallagher 10-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 13l behind Caldercruix (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Captain Scooby 8-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on well final 100 yards, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Island Legend (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Mambo Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 10l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
The Happy Hammer (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Copperwood (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.