PRINCE CHARLEMAGNE was a course and distance winner here last time out, after winning at Lingfield the week before and looks set to complete the hat-trick today. The well-exposed gelding is known as something of Lingfield specialist, but proved his worth at Kempton last time out in game style off a 4lb higher mark, so should not go up much for this. The selection's closest contender should be Fantasy Ride. The gelding was beaten favourite last time out, but has been running well of late and looks better than bare form suggests. The seven-year-old runs well early on but tends to stray on the final furlong, hence not making our selection. Carlton Scoop has gained two of his three previous wins here. He has won off 2lb higher in the past so is still reasonably handicapped. This should be a tightly fought run until the end, so for the winner we look to Prince Charlemagne.
Imperium 12-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden along 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, to take 3rd final stride, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind My Shadow (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Lough Beg (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 11l behind Graylyn Ruby (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 3-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, pushed along mid-division, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Bold Adventure (9-3) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Bernabeu (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Led for 1f, chased winner until over 8f out, stayed in 3rd, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on again final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Cossack Prince (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f clm (6) pol in Feb.
Prince Charlemagne (IRE) 13-8fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway and quickened well to lead inside final 2 furlongs, pressed from over 1f out, ridden and held on well inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Carlton Scroop (9-5) by a nk, 9 ran.
Good Effect (USA) 7-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 10l behind Sky Quest (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Paddy Rielly (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 4f out, chased winner over 2f out, driven and stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Eseej (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Generous Lad (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 9l behind Shanafarahan (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fantasy Ride 6-5fav (11-7) Took keen hold, switched left, held up, headway over 3f out, hung left well over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Corlough Mountain (10-13) at W'hampton 1m 4f amt hcp (6) po.
Rettorical Lad 14-1 (8-13) Soon led, 4 lengths clear after 2f, steadied pace over 9f out, quickened over 6f out, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind Irish Ballad (9-4) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Tecktal (FR) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, every chance over 1f out, lost 3rd well inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Lytham (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Sir Haydn 9-2 (9-12) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, hung left and headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Postage (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Feb.
Phoenix Hill (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Led 1f, tracked leader after, ridden to lead over 2f out, 1 length ahead 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong and headed final strides, 2nd of 10, nk behind Lady Asheena (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Feb.
Postage (USA) 33-1 (9-8) Mid-division, good headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f Stks (41-45) (7) pol in Feb beating Ma Ridge (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.