Requisite just got the better of Silenzio and Levitate in a tight finish over C&D last week. That trio are hard to separate here, though the former is facing a tougher task under his penalty. Sutton Veny and Local Singer look high enough in the weights at present judged on recent efforts and Dorback will need to step up on his latest second at Southwell. A chance, therefore, is taken on ARCTIC LYNX as he ran into form at this time last year when returning to the Polytrack. John Best's sprinter looks to have decent claims racing off a lower mark than his latest win at Lingfield in January.
Sutton Veny (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 6l behind Elna Bright (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Nov.
Taajub (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Behind, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 14, 5l behind Iron Step (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Local Singer (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Chased leader until 3f out, stayed front rank, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Golden Tempest (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Clear Praise (USA) 15-2 (9-1) Tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 5l behind Baldemar (9-5) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Levitate 15-2 (9-3) Came across from wide draw to lead after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held in bunch finish, 3rd of 10, hd behind Requisite (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Requisite 9-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating Silenzio (9-0) by shd, 10 ran.
Dasho 14-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, close up on outside, challenged over 3f out, ridden and lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 7l behind Amitola (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Silenzio 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, challenged inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 10, shd behind Requisite (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Highland Harvest 5-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 7, 3l behind Commandingpresence (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep.
Dorback 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Mottley Crewe (8-11) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Nov.
Finn's Rainbow 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 15l behind Fast Shot (8-13) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Raced wide pulled hard, held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 5l behind Googlette (9-6) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.