The two short-priced favourites, Full Intention and Wizarding, are a long way clear of the rest in the early market but appear much closer in terms of course and distance form.
Wizarding is a lightly-raced three-year-old, whose recent success was by only a neck ahead of Falesia Beach, who had earlier finished a neck behind Full Intention in another handicap in which the pair finished fourth and fifth behind Unsung Hero, who, on his next run won another handicap, beating Revolutionary Man into second place.
On those lines of course and distance form through Unsung Hero, everything pointed to a serious challenge from Revolutionary Man, but unfortunately this prime pick was withdrawn this morning.
15:30 (Kempton) Hul Ah Bah Loo
That leaves our next best bet in the form of Hul Ah Bah Loo, who was something of an eye-catcher when finishing fast from off the pace at Lingfield last time out, having earlier been denied a clear run.
That was over seven furlongs in a higher-graded Class 5 handicap and it came on his second run back with Simon Dow (following a two-race spell with Jim Boyle in October).
The second of those runs for Boyle saw the three-year-old finish third of nine in another Class 5 contest, this time over a mile, at today's venue.
This will be lowest-graded handicap that Hul Ah Bah Loo has contested and, though he is yet to win and he has a wide draw, he is now 13lbs below last season's opening mark and it looks as though it won't be long before his first success.