RUN ON STERLING never looked like catching Miles To Memphis when second at Kempton but the latter has since gone in again. That looks the strongest form on offer and Paul Webber's charge is preferred to Stratford fourth Mazurati. L'Amiral David was well beaten in tougher company at Newbury but can finish closer in this while Closest Friend posted a much better effort at Lingfield last time and has place claims. The newcomer Mr Beatle is related to a couple of bumper winners and any support in the betting could prove significant.
Closest Friend 8-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 7f out, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Dog Or Divorce (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn nh flat (6) std in Dec.
Global Bonus (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders until lost place over 3f out, 13th of 16, 34l behind Ballybolley (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Mazurati (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Towards rear of mid-division, driven to chase leaders 4f out, effort when ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on into 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, dropped to 4th near finish, 4th of 14, 7l behind Broughtons Rhythm (11-3) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Mr Beatle Beat All gelding out of Northern Native.
Run On Sterling 40-1 (11-4) In touch, outpaced over 4f out, rallied over 1f out, ran on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Miles To Memphis (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Singapore Story (FR) 50-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 40l behind Monbeg Theatre (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Benissimo (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Fennor Rose.
Bold Achiever Rail Link gelding out of Achieve.
Kibo 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 17l behind Adeupas D'ycy (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Dec.
L'Amiral David (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, edged left and plugged on final 2f, went poor 4th in closing stages, 4th of 18, 36l behind Gaitway (10-9) at Newbury 2m NH flat (2) gs in Mar.