There was little to separate runner-up Incendo and fourth placed Red Dragon over 1m3f here a fortnight ago. Asia Minor bids for a hat-trick after a couple of course and distance victories and the lightly-raced Modem scored over today's trip at Lingfield in December. Lady Lunchalot is yet another to consider though she'll need to step up on her previous efforts over this longer trip, so a token vote goes to JAVA ROSE. The latter finished well ahead of Song Light when winning over track and trip on her Polytrack debut and there should be more to come from her.
Incendo 8-1 (9-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, not run on, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Artistical (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Java Rose 7-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along brielfy 6f out, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Poitin (9-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, 8th of 10, 12l behind Modernism (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Swampfire (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leader in moderate 2nd clear of field, came back to field 4f out, ridden in 3rd 3f out, soon no extra, last of 10, 33l behind Placere (10-8) at Curragh 1m 4f sft in Jul '12.
Wild Desert (FR) 5-2 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Bute Hall (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Red Dragon (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) In touch, lost place halfway, rallied over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 13, 1l behind Artistical (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Asia Minor (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Kempton 1m 4f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec beating Persian Patriot (8-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Nave (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, rallied approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 11l behind The Blue Dog (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Lady Lunchalot (USA) 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden and stayed on to 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Keene (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Song Light 25-1 (9-1) Not much room start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Java Rose (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Modem 11-4 (9-7) Headway to track leader after 2f, led 2f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Tornado Battle (8-3) by hd, 12 ran.