OCEAN LEGEND has been threatening to get his head back in front of late and today looks a good opportunity to do so. A close-up third to the progressive Advertisement here last time and an earlier good effort behind Brave Echo are the pick of his recent form and he meets nothing of the calibre of that pair here. Woolfall Sovereign is upped in class after a recent win at Wolverhampton and so is Lastkingofscotland, who beat Could It Be Magic at Lingfield last month. Arry's Orse and Bowmaker are both unexposed, but returning from lay-offs, and the betting may give the best clue as to their chances.
Arry's Orse 28-1 (8-12) Went left start, held up towards rear and keen, headway 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 12l behind Harrison George (9-0) at Redcar 7f Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Bowmaker 9-2 (9-1) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, no danger after, 6th of 7, 27l behind Little Scotland (8-6) at Newcastle 7f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep.
Ocean Legend (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leading pair, edging right over 2f out, chased winner 1f out until outpaced to 3rd final 150 yards, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Advertisement (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Stefanki (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Refused to race, in a race won by Wallis (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov, 10 ran.
Jordaura 11-1 (8-13) Started slowly, held up towards rear, pushed along on inside 3f out, one pace final 2f, never a factor, 7th of 10, 6l behind Chilli Green (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 9-2 (9-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, hung right and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 2l behind Hinton Admiral (9-13) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Alfresco 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 15, 31l behind Chapter And Verse (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol in Sep.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) In touch, not clear run 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Buxton (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Could It Be Magic 4-1 (8-12) In touch, effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.