LUCKY REDBACK may be able to record his second success of the year by getting the better of Billberry and Caprio. The selection had been off the track for a long time prior to winning over six furlongs at Lingfield and he looked as though he was a horse worth following at that stage but his supporters came unstuck when he could only finish third over this course and distance. He's tried in blinkers and is given another chance. Billberry has been in good form at Lingfield since the turn of the year and has run well over this course and distance in the past so makes the short-list along with the consistent Caprio who merits respect having gone close in a similar event over course and distance last time. Tony Carroll's horses have been running well so Jake The Snake shouldn't be ignored despite having finished behind both Caprio and the selection last time whilst Dinner Date and Gallantry can't be ignored but Lucky Redback is taken to strike.
Lucky Redback (IRE) 13-8fav (9-4) Tracked winner, outpaced 3f out, rallied 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Last Sovereign (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Aroundthebay 66-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 9l behind Moonlife (8-11) at Lingfield 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Caprio (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, chased winner 3f out, joined winner inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Last Sovereign (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Gallantry 2-1fav (9-10) Bumped start, behind, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Fol Liam (8-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Jake The Snake (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Slowly away, in rear, kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 9, 4l behind Last Sovereign (8-11) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Cry of Freedom (USA) 7-1 (8-9) Soon in touch on outer, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 15l behind Starluck (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Dinner Date 13-2 (8-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Ocean Legend (9-10) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Billberry 7-2 (9-4) Dwelt, switched left soon after start, held up in last place, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Waterloo Dock (8-6) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.