Acting Talent ran well behind the in-form Political Policy at Dundalk last time. But the Irish raider is giving plenty of weight to the younger Parkhill Star, a close-up fourth over 6f here three weeks ago. Wings Of Fire will likely improve on his debut fourth at Lingfield but it would be no surprise if one of the newcomers proved good enough. MUSTAJJID makes his belated debut and Roger Varian's half-brother to the smart Bonnie Brae is preferred to Elusive George and gets a speculative vote.
Wings Of Fire (IRE) 50-1 (9-13) Dwelt towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Zamra (8-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Acting Talent (USA) 10-1 (10-0) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, closed up 2f out, challenged and on terms 1f out, every chance and kept on well inside final furlong, headed near line, 2nd of 7, shd behind Political Policy (9-2) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol.
Elusive George (IRE) Elusive City colt out of Sur Ma Vie.
Mustajjid Byron colt out of Skara Brae.
Tashbeeh (IRE) 80-1 (8-9) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 3f out, went 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 4th of 8, 14l behind Shamardyh (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Feisty Dragon (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, last of 10, 12l behind Excellent Royale (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan.
Parkhill Star 9-1 (8-7) In touch and pushed along, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 1 1/2l behind Ealain Aibrean (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol.