Elusive Hawk couldn't cope with an 8lb hike in the weights for his earlier win at Kempton when beaten at Lingfield on Monday and a 5lb rise proved beyond Spitfire last time having won over track and trip before that. Rio Cobolo and Ace Master arrive on back of wins over 7f and Desert Strike is better on the Polytrack while Baldemar plummeted down the weights last year and has a bit to prove on his comeback. Therefore, another chance goes to GEORGE FENTON who was narrowly beaten over course and distance last month and looks capable of going one better off only a slightly higher mark in this company.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 6-4fav (9-8) Raced wide tracked leaders, carried very wide bend entering final 2f and badly hampered by loose horse and lost many lengths, ran on final furlong(unlucky), 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Desert Strike 8-1 (9-1) Taken to post early, tracked leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Danziger (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Baldemar 6-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and losing place when not much room inside final 2f, 11th of 12, 13l behind Fabled City (8-5) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Takealookatmenow (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 6, 9l behind Clubland (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Spitfire 12-1 (9-4) Steadied in rear but in touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 6l behind Paphos (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Ambitious Icarus 11-1 (9-7) Steadied start, detatched halfway, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 5l behind Greenhead High (9-8) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
George Fenton 12-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 6th of 11, 5l behind Colourbearer (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Restless Bay (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 6l behind Frontier Fighter (9-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 11-2 (8-9) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Hellbender (9-1) by 1l, 8 ran.
Ace Master 5-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, made all, set strong gallop, clear over 4f out, ridden 2f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb beating Unlimited (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.