MIA'S BOY went close to defying odds of 20/1 when runner-up to Viewpoint here last time. That's the best piece of recent form on offer and the C&D winner will be more at home over today's shorter trip. Chris Dwyer's charge gets the nod ahead of Lockantanks and Strictly Silver and the latter pair make more appeal than Bank On Me on today's terms. The remaining pair both have claims if fully tuned-up for their return to action as Spirit of Sharjah finished a close-up fourth in this last year and Anaconda won his maiden in impressive fashion over 7f here back in March.
Anaconda (FR) 8-15fav (9-3) Made all, clear and in command entering final furlong, soon eased, comfortable, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Cryptic Choice (9-3) by 6l, 5 ran.
Lockantanks 5-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, every chance inside final furlong, soon hung right under pressure, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Brocklebank (9-0) at Lingfield 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Mia's Boy 20-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, squeezed through to chase leaders over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Viewpoint (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Spirit of Sharjah (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) 11th of 14, 10l behind Tertio Bloom (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Feb.
Bank On Me 5-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leader until over 1f out, weakened and lost 2 places in closing stages, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Guest of Honour (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) Held up towards rear, stayed on final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Born To Surprise (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep.