Saddlers Bend remains in fine form but it's a worry that his best recent efforts have been over 7f at Wolverhampton so a chance is taken on FRENCH ART. He ran much better when second to Chocolate Drop over C&D a fortnight ago with El Libertador behind and a return to winning ways looks imminent. Prohibition beat Sovereignty by four lengths when finishing third here recently and he has every chance, but it was a weak seller that Master Of Dance was placed in last week and he may struggle to repeat that performance here.
Aldo 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, hard driven and effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 8l behind Snow Magic (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Saddlers Bend (IRE) 11-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Rubenstar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Mister Green (FR) 11-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, 6th of 8, 28l behind Bentley (9-3) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Master Of Dance (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led, headed 5f out, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner 1f out, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Aflaam (8-13) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
French Art 6-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders and every chance over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Signora Frasi (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division on rails, brief effort under pressure over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 12th of 13, 11l behind Leitzu (9-2) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Prohibition (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Mid-division on inside, headway over 2f out, effort over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Broughtons Day (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
El Libertador (USA) 5-1fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, squeezed between horses and chasing leaders when struck on face with rival whip over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mr Chocolate Drop (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Sovereignty (JPN) 12-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, pressed leader, outpaced over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Broughtons Day (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Frank Street 15-2 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, plugged on same pace inside final furlong, no impression, 7th of 12, 8l behind Rosedale (9-1) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.