HASOPOP found the progressive Chookie Royale too good in a Listed race at Wolverhampton three weeks ago. But he should find this easier so Marco Botti's charge gets the vote. Intransigent has three lengths to make up with the selection on latest running but beat Set The Trend at Haydock in September. The latter responded to that defeat with a win on the Turf at Lingfield and has plenty in hand on today's terms with Bravo Echo. The latter looks up against it in this company but stablemate Bronze Prince was also unfancied when winning last year's renewal for Michael Attwater. Magic City is also set to struggle at the weights on his return.
Bravo Echo 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on inside, ridden in 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places towards finish, 5th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Purcell (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Hasopop (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Raced wide held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no threat to to winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Chookie Royale (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol.
Intransigent 8-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden 2f out, never nearer, 6th of 10, 7l behind Chookie Royale (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f Listed stks (1) pol.
Set The Trend 7-1 (9-5) Always prominent, every chance from over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead post, won at Lingfield 7f cond Stakes (4) sft in Sep beating Intibaah (8-12) by shd, 6 ran.
Magic City (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Dwelt, in rear, took keen hold, headway to chase winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Grey Mirage (8-11) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Nov.