Bonnie Prince Blue and Sloop Johnb were both engaged to run here yesterday but, with the former best over 6f and the latter best at Wolverhampton, SOOPACAL is preferred anyway. He was returning from a long lay-off when beaten a head by today's rival Colorus over C&D in December and, with a more recent run at Kempton under his belt, he can take his revenge on better terms. Gold Story is now dropped back in trip after finishing runner-up on his last five starts here over further.
Bonnie Prince Blue 5-2 (8-12) In rear, ridden and outpaced after 2f, driven and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Punching (9-1) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Sloop Johnb 5-4fav (9-1) Tracked leader, led aproaching 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan beating Misaro (8-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Soopacal (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 10, 6l behind Stratton Banker (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Colorus (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Close up, switched right over 1f out, effort entering final furlong, soon chased winner, no impression near finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Tsar Bomba (8-12) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs.
Galpin Junior (USA) 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 4, 5l behind Frequency (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (5) pol.
Gold Story 3-1fav (8-8) Prominent, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, not run on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Dancing Freddy (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Bombay Mist 66-1 (8-4) Dwelt and hampered start, outpaced, last of 9, 14l behind Tsar Bomba (8-12) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs.