The four recent winners in the line-up must all be respected, however preference is for GWILYM. The selection was second behind Ten Down last time at Lingfield, and is now 1lb better off for that short-head defeat. Whilst he is yet to win on the all-weather, he has run some good races in defeat and has a good draw to work from. Guto looks the pick of Bill Ratcliffe's pair, and he was a good winner at Southwell in November. The break since may have freshened him up and he has claims despite a wide draw. Compton Classic ran a better race last time and is shaping as if a win may not be far away, Cosmic Destiny has been given a break since a Wolverhampton win but has won going this way round before, whilst Drifting gold is a player from his good draw but he has to turn the tables on Ten Down and the selection. A competitive opener, with the vote going to Gwilym.
Cosmic Destiny (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Towards rear, still rear well over 1f out, good headway 1f out, quicken to lead inside final furlong, soon clear readily, won at W'hampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Ryedane (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Incomparable 11-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon in touch, ridden 1f out, one pace, 6th of 8, 4l behind River Kirov (9-4) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Asian Power (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon not ran on, 9th of 11, 8l behind Billy Red (8-8) at Great Leighs 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Godfrey Street (8-7) at Great Leighs 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ten Down 3-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon disputed lead, ridden and led over 2f out, hard pressed inside final furlong, all out, just held on, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Gwilym (9-2) by a shd, 8 ran.
Drifting Gold 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, gaining close home, not quite get up, 3rd of 8, hd behind Ten Down (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Gwilym (GER) 8-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, good headway approaching final furlong, strong run inside final furlong, finished fast, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Ten Down (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
What Katie Did (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on under pressure to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Kaystar Ridge (8-10) by a shd, 11 ran.
Colorus (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Not much room soon after start, behind, hung left halfway, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 10, 6l behind Calmdownmate (8-13) at Southwell 5f app clm (6) fbs.
Fizzlephut (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind This Ones For Pat (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Compton Classic 13-2 (8-12) Behind, wide straight well over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, closed on winner near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Joss Stick (8-12) at Lingfield 6f app hcp (6) pol.
Guto 12-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, stayed on to lead close home, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov beating Grand Palace (8-9) by 1/2l, 14 ran.