Fire King's only win since 2012 came in this lowly grade last year and he should be thereabouts once again after a recent third over track and trip. But BOBOLI GARDENS looks set to record his first win having finished closer at Wolverhampton on his latest start. He began handicapping last summer off a 23lb higher mark. Seraphima has also tumbled down the weights and Magic Ice has been placed off higher marks in the past.
Fire King 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong until towards finish, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Lewamy (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
Boboli Gardens 3-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Cherry Tiger (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) in Dec.
See No Ships 14-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 11, 11l behind Pelagian (8-13) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Magic Ice 33-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway on inside chasing leaders over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 13, 9l behind Habeshia (9-5) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Clowance Keys 10-1 (8-12) Slowly away, keen, tracked leaders after 1f, led 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 8, 17l behind Tooley Woods (8-5) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Aug '12.
Purford Green 66-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 8, 6l behind Reginald Claude (8-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Seraphima 66-1 (8-5) Mid-division, outpaced and wide into straight, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 5l behind Hamis Al Bin (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) in Dec.
Spider Bay 100-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 13, 5l behind Admirable Art (9-5) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Senora Lobo (IRE) 125-1 (8-0) Mid-division, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 10th of 11, 10l behind Point North (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) in Dec.
Rapid Water 9-1 (8-12) Slowly away, in rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 14l behind Wishformore (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Praise N Glory 100-1 (8-11) Led until 3f out, soon rallied, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 27l behind Barwah (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
With A Twist 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always outpaced in rear, last of 7, 7l behind Warm Order (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn auc stks (6) in Dec.
Forceful Beacon 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Warm Order (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn auc stks (6) in Dec.
Hold The Star 100-1 (8-10) Awkward and slowly away, always behind, 6th of 7, 24l behind Ixelles Diamond (8-9) at Warwick 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.