On past form, War Poet would be a threat to all in this grade but he again failed to fire on his reappearance at Doncaster and his ability to handle the Polytrack will have to be taken on trust. Back Burner took the notable scalp of Stand Guard at Southwell last time when LICENCE TO TILL was only fourth. But Mark Johnston's charge was having his first run in almost a year that day and didn't appear to enjoy the Fibresand. The switch to Polytrack could well see this formerly useful sort turning the tables on the winner. Dazzling Valentine was well beaten at Leicester on Saturday.
Lower Lake (FR) 40-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 8f out until over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 7, well behind Full Moon Fever (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Back Burner (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders and keen, soon went 2nd, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs beating Stand Guard (9-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Licence To Till (USA) 7-4fav (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 14l behind Back Burner (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs.
War Poet 7-2fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 27l behind Dark Ruler (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Mar.
Exemplary 22-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, 5th of 6, 20l behind Be Perfect (9-4) at Wolverhampton 2m hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Carazam (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Always behind, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, 45l behind Layline (9-4) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Sep.
Dazzling Valentine 20-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 22l behind Stockhill Diva (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.