A winner without a penalty, Handsome Stranger never threatened Arabian Heights when runner-up at Kempton on Wednesday. But the penalty is applied today, so he's overlooked in favour of KINDLELIGHT STORM. The latter bids for hat-trick on the back of a couple of victories over course and distance and his latest 6lb rise is mostly negated by an apprentice's allowance. Yourinthewill and Attain have both fallen victim to the selection recently and 7f winner Blackthorn Stick is unproven over this far. But Innoko has slipped down the weights and looks a threat dropping back down in trip.
Kindlelight Storm (USA) 7-4fav (9-4) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, chasing leaders and edged left over 1f out, ridden to lead final 135 yards, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Honey Of A Kitten (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Innoko (FR) 8-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Rowan Ridge (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Yourinthewill (USA) 9-2 (9-6) Held up in last trio, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on under strong pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Kindlelight Storm (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, headway on inner 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Caramack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Attain 5-1 (8-13) Held up in last trio, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 8l behind Kindlelight Storm (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Close up in rear, went 3rd 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led entering final furlong, pushed out, won at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Jacobs Son (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Greek Islands (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Held up and behind, never a threat, 8th of 11, 11l behind Pearl Ransom (9-3) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-68 (6) pol in Feb.