KING GEORGE RIVER prevailed by only a head at Lingfield last time when beating a previous winner but it's still the strongest form on offer. Alan Bailey's charge makes more appeal than Pairumani Prince given the latter steps up a grade off a higher mark in search of his fourth straight win. Black Dave has come up short in this company before and Sennockian Star is having his first race since October but Al Raqeeb has scope for improvement and could prove a threat on only his third start.
King George River (IRE) 6-4fav (9-1) Held up in 5th, headway over 1f out, squeezed through between horses and quickened inside final furlong, driven to lead final 100 yards, hung right near finish, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Henry The Aviator (8-11) by hd, 6 ran.
Al Raqeeb (IRE) Evensfav (9-0) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden and slightly outpaced 2f out, headway inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Ashamaly (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Pairumani Prince (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Always prominent, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Walter White (9-4) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Black Dave (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, soon dropped in rear, pushed along 4f out and outpaced, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Red Dragon (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Sennockian Star 10-3 (8-7) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Shrewd (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.