NUBAR BOY is the recommendation in the finale with Duellist and Dream On Buddy worthy of respect. The former Irish horse has really grasped the idea of all-weather racing since joining Tom Dascombe and won a maiden in decent style. Granted, he has been turned over in a handicap off a 2lb higher mark though its worth noting that the maiden success has been given a significant boost earlier in the week. Duellist won at odds-on in a Wolverhampton maiden. He ran too badly to be true at Kempton and it is to be hoped that he can return to the winning thread. Dream On Buddy won on debut. The confidence in the market suggested it not to be an unexpected occurance and the handicapper goes with a mark of 63 in his attempt to get a handle. Al Khimiya has been a regular winner during the winter though attempts to take this prize following a couple of months away. Dance For Julie exhibited some fair turf form last season and has to be respected from the Ben Haslam yard. Green Earth ran a very respectable reappearance at Kempton and should now be spot on for that effort. Slasl has gone up 1lb for his recent labours and if Chris Catlin is able to do the weight, a note must be made of the position in the market. Nubar Boy has no easy task off top weight but he looks capable of going in off today's revised handicap mark.
Nubar Boy 16-1 (9-5) In rear, close up, effort and ran wide into straight 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 1 1/2l behind Monterosso (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Green Earth (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Chased leaders in 4th, effort on outside 2f out, disputing lead from over 1f out until headed near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Amary (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Duellist 6-4fav (9-0) Took keen hold, trapped 3 wide tracking leading pair, not quicken over 2f out, soon hung right, beaten and eased over 1f out, last of 5, 7l behind Ghazwah (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Dance For Julie (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Dwelt, headway to join leaders halfway, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Emerald Girl (8-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Al Khimiya (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Switched right after 1f, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, quickened entering final furlong, driven and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Fazza (8-11) by nk, 11 ran.
Pastello 4-1 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway 2f out, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Azlak (8-9) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Jodawes (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on outer, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Edinburgh Knight (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Dream On Buddy (IRE) 7-4fav (8-12) Held up, in touch, keen early, driven to lead 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Sunley Spinalonga (8-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Slip Sliding Away (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) With leader until hung left over 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Honest Broker (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Slasl 25-1 (8-8) Close up, ridden to chase leader 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed final strides, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Honest Broker (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.