The progressive PATRIOTIC has to be first choice in this. He was winning for the third time in his last four starts at Wolverhampton on his latest outing and Chris Dwyer's charge would have to race off an 8lb higher mark on the Polytrack. Zaheeb is 4lb higher than when scoring at Kempton last month but it was in February last year when Scottish Star opened his account at Lingfield and he may need this. Tilworth Glenboy is on a long losing run but went very close on a couple of occasions last year and could prove the main threat on his reappearance.
Scottish Star 7-4fav (9-3) Disputed lead until led 6f out, ridden 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, hung badly right final 75 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb '11 beating Riot Police (9-3) by 1l, 8 ran.
Barwick 5-2fav (9-6) Raced wide held up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 7l behind Spanish Plume (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Behind, outpaced over 2f out, nevr dangerous, last of 10, 12l behind Amazing Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Spirit of Xaar (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Qaraaba (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Mar.
Batgirl 33-1 (9-9) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 4f out, never dangerous, last of 11, 22l behind Count Bertoni (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Patriotic (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Mid-division on inside, good headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Standpoint (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Tilsworth Glenboy 10-1 (8-11) Dwelt keen in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Starwatch (9-8) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Afkar (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led 3f at steady pace, chased leader until over 3f out, stayed chasing leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd nearing finish until last stride, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Alhaban (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Zaheeb 2-1fav (9-4) Prominent, chased leader over 3f out, challenged 2f out, led soon after, rider dropped reins over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Alhaban (9-7) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.