ARCHIE RICE makes plenty of appeal on the back of last month's C&D victory in an apprentice race. He can race here off a lower mark than when winning at Windsor last summer and Tom Keddy's charge is worth sticking with in his current frame of mind. Relative Strength will do well to reverse earlier form with the selection despite the better terms and Jenny Potts could prove a bigger threat having chased home the progressive Luck Of The Draw here last time. Indian Violet could figure stepping up in trip and Cotton King has scope for improvement.
War of The Roses (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) In rear, wide into straight 2f out, never a factor, 9th of 11, 10l behind Cozy Tiger (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Archie Rice (USA) 11-4 (8-10) Slowly into stride, pulled hard, led after 2f, set steady pace, ridden clear final furlong, eased near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Green Wadi (8-10) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Beaubrav 12-1 (9-11) Mid-division, chased leaders 4f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Dalhaan (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Relative Strength (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) In rear, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 5l behind Cozy Tiger (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Parhelion 11-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, good headway to chase leaders over 6f out, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, well behind Yashrid (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Jenny Potts 40-1 (9-5) Awkward start, mid-division, headway over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, switched right entering straight, stayed on well inside final furlong, took 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Luck Of The Draw (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Indian Violet (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Soon prominent, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind One Oi (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Cotton King 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along on outside over 4f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 13th of 17, 43l behind Gaselee (9-12) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Sheila's Bond 5-1 (9-1) Led until 8f out, chased leader, chased new leader 3f out, hard ridden and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2l behind Iguacu (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 8f out, headed over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 4, 17l behind Kitty Wells (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.