SAINT ARCH handled the surface well when scoring at Lingfield last time and can complete what will be a hat-trick here at the main expense of Nawaadi. Both runs from the Mark Johnston-trained selection have marked him out as a typically tough colt that so often run up sequences for the yard. This step up in trip will undoubtedly suit and he can find enough improvement for it to win again. Nawaadi won on his debut at Great Leighs in the autumn despite running green and has not seen the racecourse since. John Gosden's runners have been firing well of late and he is likely to be ready to produce a good reappearance run. Clumber Place would need to show a fair bit of improvement on his own debut win to figure, while Al Sabaheya is certainly worth another look after a win and another decent effort so far. Changing The Guard is a consistent gelding who should appreciate the extra furlong here and shapes as though there is more improvement to come. Royal Executioner was the comfortable scorer in a Lingfield maiden last month and is another who looks capable of being competitive from just a 2lb higher mark. Kaolak won doing handstands in a weak race when last seen out, while Laurie Grove looks likely to be thereabouts. A tough enough race to call but we will side with Saint Arch.
Saint Arch (CAN) 4-7fav (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, held on gamely when pressed inside final furlong, found extra, all out, won at Lingfield 7f nov stk (4) pol in Nov beating Prayer Boat (8-12) by a hd, 5 ran.
Al Sabaheya 9-2 (8-12) Prominent, driven to challenge and every chance final furlong, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Lassarina (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo fll (2) gd in Sept.
Laurie Grove (IRE) 15-8 (9-7) Raced keenly early, tracked leader, left in lead 7f out, soon headed, stayed tracking leader, led 3f out, to 2f out, chased winner afterwards, no impression from over 1f out, 2nd of 3, 3l behind Spring of Fame (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp.
Swift Chap 7-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Johnmanderville (8-1) at Newmarket 7f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sept.
Clumber Place 16-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden well over 1f out, kept on, won at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn fll aut (5) gs in Apr beating Camelot Communion (9-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Changing The Guard 15-8fav (9-5) Held up last, headway over 1f out, ran on to chase leader well inside final furlong, led final strides, won at W'hampton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol beating Shaws Diamond (9-5) by a nk, 5 ran.
Northern Tour 14-1 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, soon eased, last of 6, 9l behind Goodison Glory (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Royal Executioner (USA) 10-11fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leader well over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, ran on readily, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn (5) pol in Feb beating Sulution (9-3) by 2l, 7 ran.
Nawaadi (USA) 5-4fav (9-3) Held up, mid-division, headway from halfway, soon chasing leaders, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn (4) pol in Sept beating Chadwell Spring (8-9) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kaolak (USA) 5-2 (8-9) Made off, clearly 6f out, unchallenged, won at Great Leighs 1m 2yo mdn auc (4) pol in Dec beating One Slick Chick (8-6) by 4l, 7 ran.