MAYO LAD has shown improved form since returning to action and opened his account at Wolverhampton last week. Today's ground holds no fears given he finished a close-up second in similar going on his reappearance and Richard Hannon's colt gets the nod. Ficelle won a seller at Leicester in soft ground last time and she's likely to be in the firing-line again along with recent Lingfield runner-up Christopher Chua while Arabian Flight has been placed on her last couple of starts on the Polytrack finishing ahead of Marie's Fantasy on both occasions and looks best of the remainder.
Mayo Lad (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Towards rear, headway 1f out, edged left and ran on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Homeward Strut (9-6) by nk, 11 ran.
Whinging Willie (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) In touch on outside, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Emmuska (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Christopher Chua (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Dwelt in touch in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Red Senor (9-3) at Lingfield 5f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Conowen 7-2 (8-11) Chased leading trio, went 3rd 4f out, ridden and one pace when edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Equation Of Time (8-11) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Ficelle (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Raced awkwardly throughout, ridden along in rear, headway 2f out, led over 1f out, clear when idled inside final furlong, won at Leicester 6f 3yo sll (6) sft beating Pressure Drop (9-0) by 4l, 6 ran.
Love Tale 20-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and not much room 2f out, effort approaching 1f out, kept on, 6th of 17, 6l behind Royal Reyah (8-13) at Doncaster 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Arabian Flight 9-2 (8-9) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to take 2nd inside final furlong, kept on and just failed, 2nd of 5, ns behind Russian Bullet (8-10) at Kempton 6f 3yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Diamond Marks (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 13l behind Dishy Guru (9-7) at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Marie's Fantasy 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Russian Bullet (8-10) at Kempton 6f 3yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.