RUSSIAN STORM bids for a hat-trick under a penalty but appeared to have plenty left in the tank when landing a double at Lingfield a week ago. This looks no tougher and Pat Phelan's filly is taken to go in again. Warbond scored here in February but will need to dig a bit deeper off his current mark if subsequent efforts are anything to go by and he's closely matched with Karate on earlier running over C&D. Querido looks a shade high in the weights at present and the same comment applies to Handsome King who wears blinkers for the first time today. Gallantry is usually thereabouts in this grade and can make the frame once again.
Handsome King 11-4fav (9-12) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 6l behind Jacob McCandles (9-7) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Slightly hampered start and slowly into stride, held up, not clear run over 2f out, headway and drifted right 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Kristollini (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Mr Chocolate Drop (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 11, 8l behind Just Five (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders over 6f, 7th of 10, 6l behind Full Bloom (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Warbond 11-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on inside over 2f out, pressed leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Alhaban (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Lily Lily 18-1 (9-4) Wide, in touch, ridden and effort over 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 7, 32l behind Riviera Chic (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb '10.
Karate (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, soon edged right under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Addikt (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Kielty's Folly 14-1 (8-11) Keen led 1f, tracked leader, ridden 3f out, effort when hampered and switched right 1f out, no extra towards finish, 9th of 11, 6l behind McCool Bannanas (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Gallantry 28-1 (9-9) Slowly away, always behind, 15th of 16, 49l behind Arizona John (10-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Irie Ute 11-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, effort when switched right over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 6l behind Caldermud (9-7) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Loyal N Trusted 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 11, 6l behind Just Five (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Russian Storm 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, soon drew clear, impressive, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol beating The Bay Bandit (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Querido (GER) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 3l behind Fault (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Henry's Hero 16-1 (8-8) Led, headed over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, in a race won by Holyfield Warrior (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar, 9 ran.