Castilo Del Diablo has every chance if his stamina holds out. His recent form over 1m4f here with Modernstone reads well in this context. Be Perfect is proven over 2m having returned an easy winner at Wolverhampton with Communicator a long way back in third. He'd earlier fallen victim to Theology at this venue, but the latter has since ran a shocker and the winning run of Mr Burbridge came to an abrupt end with a poor effort over track and trip last time. LITIGANT ended last year with a cosy win over 1m6f at Wolverhampton. The lightly-raced six-year-old has plenty of scope and Seamus Durack's charge gets the vote to follow-up on his return. Duchess Of Gazeley should also stay the longer trip but is 12lb higher than when winning at Redcar in October.
Be Perfect (USA) 15-2 (9-4) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (2) pol in Feb beating Kashmir Peak (9-6) by 6l, 6 ran.
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 4-5fav (9-2) Led, driven 3f out, headed narrowly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance until no extra and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 3, 1 1/4l behind Modernstone (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f cnd stks (4yo+) (3) pol in Jan.
Communicator 4-5fav (9-6) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, edged left and lost 2nd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Be Perfect (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Litigant 9-4fav (9-11) Tracked leader, led going well 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec beating Gabrial's King (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Mr Burbidge 6-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 6f out, pushed along 5f out, driven and lost place 3f out, 8th of 9, 29l behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Noble Silk 16-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, never involved, 14th of 17, 10l behind Broxbourne (9-0) at York 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Ranjaan (FR) 9-2 (8-13) 2nd of 6, 1l behind King Of Arnor (8-13) at Compiegne(FR) 1m 6f 3yo stk sft in Jun '11.
Tappanappa (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and switched left over 2f out, never dangerous, 11th of 17, 14l behind Warlu Way (9-7) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Ted Spread 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, led well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, headed narrowly towards finish, 3rd of 9, hd behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Theology 3-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 9, 17l behind Arch Villain (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan.
Duchess Of Gazeley (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Close up, headway to chase winner 3f out, no impression final 2f, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Tweed (8-4) at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.