Sam Spade is dropped back in distance after failing to make his mark over 1m2f here on his comeback. He should finish closer but has HIDDEN LINK to beat. The latter scored by three lengths at Lingfield last week and can shrug off a penalty and follow-up in this company. Echo Brava posted a better effort at Lingfield last time without threatening the winner but still makes more appeal than Otto The First and Duchess Of Dreams, who continues to slip down the weights without showing any improvement.
Hidden Link 7-4fav (9-7) Close up, led inside final furlong, ridden and quickened clear, eased towards finish, won at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar beating Mudaawem (9-5) by 3l, 6 ran.
Sam Spade (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Spillway (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Echo Brava 16-1 (9-3) In rear, pushed along halfway, outpaced 2f out, stayed on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 3l behind The Scuttler (8-11) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Otto The First 8-1 (9-2) Held up, detached over 3f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Baltic Prince (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Duchess Of Dreams 33-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, brief effort on outside halfway, soon ridden, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 6l behind Black Truffle (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.