MAHADEE is favoured by the weights and showed sings of a return to form when runner-up over track and trip last month. He's just preferred to Exclusive Waters, who was expected to do better in a couple of similar events recently. I Confess was way below par on his return from a lay-off but is quite capable of landing this at his best while Larghetto may also figure having won a handicap over track and trip in December. Divine Rule was beaten only a length here last time and an apprentice's 7lb claim should allow him to be competitive on today's terms.
Exclusive Waters (IRE) 7-2 (8-6) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ocean Applause (8-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol in Jan.
Larghetto (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 3l behind Perfect Haven (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Dozy Joe 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, last of 8, 7l behind Compton (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Divine Rule (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway on inside over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd post and almost snatched 2nd, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Icy Blue (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Alhaban (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 5th of 13, 4l behind Mister Green (9-5) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
I Confess 10-1 (8-13) Led until 5f out, lost 2nd 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 4, 15l behind Saharia (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Lady Who 7-1 (9-7) Raced wide held up, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 19l behind Run It Twice (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Mahadee (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, never nearer, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Gabrial The Boss (8-5) at Kempton 1m clm stks (6) pol in Jan.