FLAG OF GLORY scored at Kempton with Market Puzzle well behind before suffering a narrow margin defeat over today's trip at Lingfield last week. Racing off the same mark today, he's still well handicapped on his best form on turf and Peter Hiatt's charge gets the vote. Twice a winner last year, Tidal Run has claims on her return to action and is certain to get the trip, which is more than can be said of January's Kempton winner Hip Hip Hooray and the returning Lily Lily, though Mad Ginger Alice could make the frame.
Tidal Run 5-2fav (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and no impression final 2f, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Final Liberation (9-4) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Hip Hip Hooray 11-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden on outside 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd last stride, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Alhaban (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Negotiation (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Walked out of stalls, reluctant to race, virtually took no part, last of 11, well behind Glass Mountain (9-9) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct.
Taqaat (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 11l behind Twinkled (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Flag Of Glory 9-2 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, driven inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 10, hd behind Russian Storm (8-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Mad Ginger Alice 14-1 (8-5) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 14l behind Prohibition (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) pol in Mar.
Lily Lily 18-1 (9-4) Wide, in touch, ridden and effort over 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 32l behind Riviera Chic (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb '10.
Merito 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 7l behind Saucy Buck (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Market Puzzle (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 4l behind Flag Of Glory (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Hubood 10-1 (9-4) Awkward leaving stalls, last pair, struggling and no chance when hung right over 1f out, 11th of 12, 12l behind Spin Again (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.