Plenty with claims here and CLASSICALLY can be given only a tentative vote in a wide open affair. Hughie Morrison's charge returned from a short break at Lingfield last month, but his three wins have all come at this track and he's just preferred to the progressive Pertuis. The latter has won twice at Lingfield recently and looks to have every chance here. Only a length separated Loyalty, Veroon and Lay Claim at Wolverhampton last time while a blanket could have been thrown over Professor John, Celtic Commitment and Turjuman when they finished behind Kidlat here three weeks ago.
Pertuis (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair, going well on inside over 2f out, led over 1f out, in command when edged right well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Khun John (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Classically (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Faithful Ruler (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Scary Movie (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, led briefly inside final, no extra towards finish, 4th of 8, 4l behind Lockantanks (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
John Veale (USA) 4-9fav (9-3) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Penbryn (9-3) by 7l, 4 ran.
Lay Claim (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, effort entering final furlong, not much room, ridden and not quicken towards finish, 5th of 11, 1l behind The Lock Master (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Veroon (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Close up, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed post, 3rd of 11, hd behind The Lock Master (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Round Won (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leader until ridden 2f out, 10th of 14, 18l behind Zebrano (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Negotiation (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, slightly outpaced 2f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, no threat to winner, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Chilli Green (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Dinner Date 33-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, switched right and headway on inside over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Gallantry (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Loyalty 8-1 (9-0) Slow into stride, in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on towards finish when struck by rivals whip, 2nd of 11, ns behind The Lock Master (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Celtic Commitment 16-1 (8-13) Led 1f, tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Kidlat (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Buona Sarah (IRE) 4-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear and pulled hard, headway on outer over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Officer In Command (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Professor John (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, driven and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Lord Theo (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Turjuman (USA) 13-8fav (8-9) Held up in 5th, headway and hung right from over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong to press for 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 1/2l behind Eseej (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.