WOOLFALL SOVEREIGN is in the form of his life and worth sticking with until beaten. He was winning for the third time in his last four starts when beating Even Steven and Fratellino here last time and holds an earlier verdict over Piscean and Swiss Cross. The latter quartet had been taking it turns to beat each other before finding the selection too good and will all need to improve to turn the tables in this. Tarooq also arrives in fine form having completed a hat-trick at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago with Thunderball and Profile Star behind but he's upped in class today, as are Cut Across and Noverre To Go.
Piscean (USA) 7-2 (9-2) Held up last, headway on outside over 1f out, chased clear leader and closed inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol beating York Glory (9-2) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Fratellino 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan beating Even Stevens (8-13) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Swiss Cross 15-2 (9-2) Chased leader, ridden to challenge and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Piscean (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol.
Tarooq (USA) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan beating Thunderball (9-4) by 1l, 9 ran.
Even Stevens 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Cut Across (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders on outer, chased winner 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Profile Star (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Thunderball 8-1 (9-4) Soon led, ridden and edged right 1f out, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Tarooq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Noverre To Go (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 1f out, stayed on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Hamoody (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Profile Star (IRE) 15-8fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Tarooq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Elna Bright 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, challenged over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.