Where's Reiley, Monsieur Jamie and Pick A Little have all done their recent winning on the Fibresand at Southwell and Torres Del Paine makes more appeal as he bids for a C&D hat-trick off a 5lb higher mark. Clear Praise showed a bit more last time but is still 3lb higher than last year's win over C&D and the vote goes to ARCTIC LYNX. John Best's charge failed to last home once again over 7f here last month, but had earlier gone close when runner-up over track and trip and it could be his turn today.
Where's Reiley (USA) 25-1 (9-11) Held up, ridden halfway, kept on final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 3l behind Taajub (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Monsieur Jamie 8-1 (8-11) Dwelt, in rear, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Even Stevens (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Jan.
Clear Praise (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Keen towards rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, went 3rd post, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Taajub (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Pick A Little 6-5fav (9-1) Disputed lead, ridden 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, ran on (hand timed), won at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Imprimis Tagula (8-4) by nk, 6 ran.
Roodee Queen 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 6l behind Dorback (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Shifting Star (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Earlsmedic 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, kept on to take 2nd entering final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Whaileyy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Tislaam (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Shifting Star (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Torres Del Paine 11-8fav (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Haadeeth (8-9) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Rylee Mooch 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Gorgeous Goblin (8-7) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.