TAROOQ, a close-up fifth in the Lincoln Trial on last year's card, has joined Stuart Williams since and taken well to the drop back in trip. The winner of his last couple of starts over 6f, he's bidding for his fifth straight victory and looks to have every chance. Intransigent did nothing but improve last year and won twice at Kempton. He'll be a real threat if at his peak for his return to action and the same comment applies to last summer's Ascot winner Barnet Fair. Profile Star doesn't have that much to find to reverse recent form with the selection but Seek The Fair Land has a bit to find with both and recent winner Al's Memory will find this tougher despite Richard Hughes picking up the ride. Harrison George is well handicapped on his best form but his losing run stretches back to 2010.
Intransigent 5-2fav (9-5) Held up in last pair, smooth headway over 2f out, led going well 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Sep beating Poole Harbour (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Tarooq (USA) 7-2fav (9-0) Held up, headway on inside approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb beating Piscean (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.
Barnet Fair 3-1fav (9-4) Switched right soon after start, held up in rear, headway 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Capone (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Capaill Liath (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden and beaten over 2f out, last of 7, 14l behind Justonefortheroad (9-3) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Dubai Dynamo 18-1 (9-8) In touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, no impression, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 27l behind Anton Chigurh (8-6) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Frog Hollow 10-3 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway 2f out, not much room and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Sam Sharp (9-4) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Seek The Fair Land 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Jarrow (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 5l behind Gladiatrix (8-2) at Bath 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Harrison George (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Behind, outpaced 2f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Ubetterbegood (9-6) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Profile Star (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Feb.
Forest Edge (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Rearing in stalls and slowly away, held up in last trio, pushed along over 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, never a threat, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Crew Cut (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Al's Memory (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Made all, ridden and quickened 2 lengths clear 1f out, driven out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Rakaan (9-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.