Barking Mad won a lower grade contest over track and trip a fortnight ago but Shine On Brendan is less exposed and goes handicapping for the first time having finished second in all three starts in novice company. Lethal Shadow is another with plenty of scope but PHUKET POWER is preferred. The latter found a mile at Wolverhampton beyond him in a tougher contest than this last time but beat Lottie Marie, who runs earlier on today’s card, over course and distance before that and gets another chance in this. Speed Merchant should show further progress this year but London Calling seems to be treading water off his current mark.
Phuket Power (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Keen soon led, pushed along and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4 3/4l behind Breguet Boy (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Shine On Brendan (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Prominent, switched right over 2f out, held by winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Will To Win (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (5) pol in Jan.
When Comes Here (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, driven and lost place inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong, last of 11, 10 1/4l behind Blausee (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f (4) pol in Oct.
Speed Merchant (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, stayed on well inside final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 7, 4 1/4l behind St Just (8-13) at Lingfield 1m (5) pol in Dec.
Barking Mad 11-4jfav (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan beating Olivers Pursuit (9-3) by shd, 8 ran.
London Calling (IRE) 9-4fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not much room and hampered entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 9, 3 1/4l behind Pretty In Grey (9-6) at Kempton 1m (5) pol in Oct.
Lethal Shadow 20-1 (8-12) Pulled hard in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, plugged on final 2f, 5th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Stanford (8-12) at Kempton 7f stks (5) pol in Jan.
Magic Twist (USA) 25-1 (9-2) Prominent, driven over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Barking Mad (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.