In the claimer that opens the card Doubnov looks best in at the weights based on the official ratings but with Ian Williams' charge yet to run to anywhere near top form this term we turn to BEE STINGER as the winner with Dream Of Fortune also considered. Not disgraced in a really warm claimer last time the pick has been generally in good form including winning a handicap over a mile here in March off a mark of 68. He's never been tried over this far but has hinted as if the extra yardage will suit. Dream Of Fortune is rated the same as the pick and races off level terms. On the pick of his handicap performances he's a real live contender so we wouldn't be surprised to see him going close. Doubnov showed a really good level of form in Dubai for former connections but so far in three runs in the UK has been very disappointing. That said this is a massive step down in class and he might make the frame on these terms. Fantasy Ride needs to added to the list as one of the only runners here in any sort of form but Bee Stinger represents the safest choice.
Bee Stinger 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Appalachian Trail (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Fluent in stride, held up in rear, headway in to mid division 6f out, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, last of 14, 32l behind Poyle Meg (8-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
Nawamees (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Held up, behind 4f out, kept on to take moderate 4th over 1f out, 4th of 8, 17l behind Resplendent Ace (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Alfies Express 33-1 (9-9) In rear, wide, rapid headway to chase leader 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 8l behind Red Hot Desert (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Bernabeu (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) With leaders, led over 8f out, headed well over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 18l behind Swords (8-13) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs.
Bond Cruz 28-1 (9-7) Led after 1f, headed over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 26l behind One Night In Paris (9-0) at Leicester 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in May '08.
Cape Greko 20-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, driven and headway on inside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 6th of 12, 4l behind Purely By Chance (8-7) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Doubnov (FR) 40-1 (8-11) Always behind, last of 12, 29l behind Cill Rialaig (8-7) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct.
Fantasy Ride 16-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride in rear, headway on outer from over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 10, hd behind Hucking Hero (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Musashi (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, chased winner halfway, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 15, 11l behind Diktalina (8-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Jul.
Sleepy Mountain 28-1 (8-10) Always in rear, 10th of 13, 35l behind Shadows Lengthen (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Turner's Touch 16-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway centre over 2f out, plugged on, 7th of 13, 12l behind Zaif (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Oct.
Dalrymple (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden and struggling over 4f out, soon tailed off and eased, 8th of 13, 45l behind My Les (8-7) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo sll (6) gd in Oct.
Felicia 40-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led 8f out, headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 29l behind Count Of Tuscany (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Lady Romanov (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Raced wide in rear, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 39l behind Just Like Silk (9-11) at Newbury 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Guiseppe Verdi (USA) 9-2fav (9-4) Soon chasing winner until 2f out, soon no impression and weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Mista Rossa (9-8) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep.