SONGJIANG won his maiden when stepped up to 1m2f at Lingfield last month. Today's extra distance is in his favour and a good run from fourth-placed Manifestation in the previous race on today's card will boost confidence in his chances. John Gosden's charge had Gower Rules behind last time and a bigger threat could come from Blue Cossack, who also had the latter behind when runner-up here two weeks ago. Ya Hafed is facing a different test here after scoring over a mile at Southwell last month, while Not So Bright looks in the handicapper's grip.
Songjiang 14-1 (9-3) Made most, ridden 2 lengths clear over 1f out, pushed out, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Blaise Chorus (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Ya Hafed 4-6fav (8-6) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, eased towards finish, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Baileys Agincourt (8-6) by 4l, 6 ran.
Not So Bright (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in 6th, ridden on outside 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Mrs Neat (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Blue Cossack (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Twin Soul (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Gower Rules (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Twin Soul (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.