Lovelace had more in hand than the winning margin might suggest at Newcastle last month but this is a better race and he is taken on with ORDNANCE ROW, although Marching looks an interesting rival as well. Richard Hannon's gelding put in two shockers behind Confront at the end of last season but he had plenty of races and was perhaps coming to the end of his tether. Fresh after a winter break he should have more to give and with a solid record at this time of year it's entirely plausible that he can win his ninth race of an excellent career. Mia's Boy won't mind what the weather does and comes here in great form after a second to Fanunalter at Doncaster, Tombi was well-thought-of as a youngster but 2009 was another hit-and-miss year for him, so a bigger threat may be Welsh Emperor who can be a hard front-runner to pass when on song. Marching was not in scintillating form in Dubai over the winter but his yard have made a bright start to training over here and he is far from discounted, along with Georgebernardshaw. He was last seen tailed off in the Juddemonte International at York but has since joined a new yard and may yet fulfil his potential over this more realistic trip. Nothing rock solid here, but a chance is taken on Ordnance Row.
Georgebernardshaw (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Led, headed well over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 4, 37l behind Sea The Stars (8-11) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Lovelace Evensfav (9-5) Held up in close 4th, travelling strongly between horses and looking for room 2f out, got through to track leader inside final furlong, pushed into narrow lead final 110 yards, ridden towards finish and just held on, won at Newcastle 1m cond Stakes (3) gf in Apr beating Dream Lodge (9-9) by ns, 5 ran.
Marching (AUS) 7-1 (9-8) 8th of 11, 6l behind Sirocco Breeze (9-10) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcap in Mar.
Mia's Boy 15-8fav (8-12) Held up in touch, switched outside 2f out, headway to lead 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, hd behind Fanunalter (8-12) at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Apr.
Ordnance Row 16-1 (9-3) Led 1f, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 27l behind Confront (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 3 (1) gf in Oct.
Tombi (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Led for 1f, chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Musaalem (9-0) at Redcar 7f Listed stks (1) gf in Oct.
Welsh Emperor (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Led until struck into and pulled up over 5f out, in a race won by Mia's Boy (8-11) at Doncaster 7f cond Stakes (2) gs in Oct, 14 ran.