A multiple course winner, Fire In Babylon failed to fire when tailed off here a fortnight ago behind Kingscombe though the latter has something to prove over this longer trip off a 5lb higher mark. Yasir is usually thereabouts in similar company and No Such Number may figure off his current mark if taking to the surface. Star Date is interesting returning from a short break as he ran well over 1m3f on his debut at the course, but CARLANDA is just preferred. A winner over 1m4f in France, she found the mile trip here too short on her first start for Mike Appleby and much better is expected today.
Yasir (USA) 4-1 (9-7) Steadied start well in rear, smooth progress from 5f out, ridden to chase clear winner 3f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Arr' Kid (9-1) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
No Such Number 12-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 15l behind Echo Brava (9-11) at Kempton 1m 4f amt hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 2-1fav (9-12) Dwelt, soon pushed along to be close up, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 23l behind Kingscombe (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Carlanda (FR) 5-1 (9-3) Close up, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out, 4th of 5, 20l behind Imaginary World (8-13) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) fbs in Feb.
Kingscombe (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Taken to post early, in touch in rear, headway to track leader over 4f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed narrowly approaching final furlong, rallied to lead again towards finish, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb beating Marina Ballerina (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Star Date (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, closing on 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Red Four (11-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.