RAINFORD GLORY scored over course and distance before going very close again at Lingfield. This looks less competitive so David Simcock's charge gets the nod. Geeaitch posted a better effort here recently and should figure again off the same mark, but Fire In Babylon was still beaten five lengths when runner-up over 1m6f here last month. Lac Sacre won a selling hurdle recently, though is unplaced in 12 starts on the Flat, but Blackstone Vegas has slipped down the weights having failed to get his head in front last year.
Rainford Glory (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Modem (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Reality Show (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Raced wide towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 6l behind Fonterutoli (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Blackstone Vegas 7-1 (8-13) Raced wide, keen towards rear, late headway, never nearer, 7th of 14, 22l behind Embsay Crag (9-4) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Geeaitch 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, headway and in touch on outside over 4f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept on inside final furlong, just failed for 2nd, no impression, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind This Is Me (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Excellent News (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In touch, lost place over 9f out, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 4th final strides, 5th of 11, 5l behind Primacy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Lacey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Lac Sacre (FR) 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Man From Seville (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.