A couple of these arrive in search of a hat-trick. Homeboy recorded a double in plating company in January and this isn't much tougher but Mr Optimistic has more on his plate off a 4lb higher mark after his recent double over course and distance. Diamond Vine should figure with a repeat of his latest second at Lingfield while Valdaw, Bull Bay and Hadeeth are capable of getting involved. STEELCUT is now back on a winning mark and after a better effort when third over track and trip last time, Mark Buckley's charge gets a tentative vote to get his head back in front.
Homeboy (IRE) 6-4 (9-6) Raced keenly, soon tracked leader, led over 3f out, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Jan beating Dark Lane (9-6) by 3l, 4 ran.
Valdaw 3-1fav (9-7) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Catalinas Diamond (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Colourbearer (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, chased winner halfway, soon ridden, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Greenhead High (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Feb.
Bull Bay 8-1 (8-12) In touch, effort over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Commanche (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Duke Of Aricabeau (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 10l behind Billy Red (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Steelcut 16-1 (9-6) Started very slowly, held up in rear, good headway between horses over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Rambo Will 3-1 (9-2) Raced wide throughout, in rear, ran very wide into straight 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Danziger (9-0) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Haadeeth 5-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, wide into straight 2f out, ridden when hampered 1f out, soon switched left, no extra, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Black Cadillac (8-11) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 14-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, took keen hold, hampered over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 11, 12l behind Officer In Command (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Johnny Splash (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Mr Optimistic 6-4fav (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb beating Scommettitrice (9-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Whipphound 14-1 (8-13) In touch, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, eased, 9th of 12, 6l behind Sunrise Dance (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.