Go Far has a string of placed efforts to his name but has yet to get within three lengths of the winner while Gigli and How You Fixed both ran shockers on their latest starts. The Black Jacobin has claims on last week's victory over 6f here but Hardy Red was beaten by IT'S ONLY BUSINESS at Wolverhampton in December and it's the latter that gets the nod. Bill Turner's charge won again over track and trip a week ago and looks the one to beat in this.
Go Far 3-1 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed entering final furlong, soon hampered, no extra, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Henry The Aviator (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
How You Fixed (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Always in rear, last of 12, 34l behind Naru (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
It's Only Business 5-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased leader, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, soon hung left, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Rhyolite (9-3) by 2l, 4 ran.
The Black Jacobin 9-2 (9-1) Held up last, pushed along 2f out, headway to 4 lengths 2nd 1f out, driven edged right and closed throughout final furlong, led final strides, won at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Lager Time (9-1) by hd, 4 ran.
Hardy Red (IRE) 11-10fav (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 4, 5l behind Schottische (8-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Gigli (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Led after 1f, ridden when headed over 2f out, soon lost place, 10th of 11, 29l behind Smileswithhiseyes (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.