Nothing makes strong appeal in a modest finale and KI KI is only a tentative selection having been absent since the first day of November. The mare is, however, one of the very few in the line-up open to progression after just seven career starts and her last two runs suggest she's more than capable of picking up a low-grade handicap. Commanche wins in his turn but concedes weight all round and Napoleon Solo continues to suggest that he's not the most enthusiastic of performers, although it will be interesting to see how he handles this drop to sprint trips. Tango Sky and Spirit Of Wedza both make greater appeal on the back of recent useful efforts.
Commanche 6-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 3/4l behind Colourbearer (9-9) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Spirit Of Wedza (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Colourbearer (9-9) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Napoleon Solo 5-1 (9-5) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 11, 9l behind Fire Diamond (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Tango Sky (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong until final 50 yards, went 3rd again last strides, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Compton Prince (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Spirit Of Zebedee (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1l behind First Excel (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Ki Ki 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and kept on towards finish, 3rd of 18, 2 3/4l behind Questo (9-3) at Redcar 6f hcp (6) gs in Nov.
Insolenceofoffice (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) In rear and outpaced, last of 12, 12 3/4l behind Windforpower (9-3) at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Beau Amadeus (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5 1/4l behind First Excel (9-2) at Newcastle 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Hadley 8-1 (9-10) Raced wide towards rear, headway stand side over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Wimboldsley (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
Sea Of Green 18-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Windforpower (9-3) at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.