BUCKLAND is worth sticking with in thisclosing event. He shrugged off an 8lb rise for an earlier win at Kempton with a five-length victory back at the same track last time and the handicapper may not have caught up with him yet. The Tiger had a bit to prove off his current mark on his recent return to the Flat but ran well for third and should be in the mix again while Solaras Exhibition could also figure with an apprentice's 7lb allowance in his favour. Cool Sky is upped in class after his winning run came to end at Wolverhampton last time and Aquilonious has yet to prove he stays this far while both Reflect and Ajeeb have plenty to find with the selection on latest running.
The Tiger 6-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, soon held up in touch, ridden and hung left over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, unable to quicken, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Hanoverian Baron (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.
Layline (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held up, always in rear, eased 2f out, last of 11, 34l behind True To Form (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Dec.
Buckland (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden clear final furlong, easily, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Reflect (8-13) by 5l, 7 ran.
Incendo 20-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 9th of 12, 6l behind Noble Silk (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Aquilonius (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Soon led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Kickingthelilly (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, nearest finish, 6th of 9, 5l behind Harry Buckle (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Ajeeb (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Buckland (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Cool Sky 8-11fav (9-5) Held up in 4th, headway to lead over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 6, 5l behind English Summer (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Reflect (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway on inside 2f out, stayed in inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Buckland (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.