Clear Praise is 5lb higher than when landing this race last year and finished upsides Whaileyy with Taajub and Local Singer behind when seventh at Lingfield on New Year's Eve. Both Titus Gent and Earlsmedic have claims on their best recent form, but the speculative vote goes to REQUISITE. She didn't fare too badly despite facing a tough task in a Listed event at Deauville last time and had Dasho and Lujeanie behind when third at Wolverhampton last month to Woolfall Sovereign. The latter has won another couple of races since then and Ian Woods' mare looks up to scoring off her current mark.
Lujeanie 15-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Seek The Fair Land (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Whaileyy (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 4l behind Novellen Lad (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Taajub (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Held up mid-division, headway on inside over 1f out, weakening when short of room entering final furlong, 8th of 9, 7l behind Novellen Lad (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Dasho 13-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Red Cape (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Titus Gent 14-1 (9-3) Hood off slightly late and missed break, held up, not clear run over 1f out, soon switched right and headway, switched left inside final furlong, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Requisite (8-11) 98th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Glory Power (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 7f Listed stks (1) fbs.
Clear Praise (USA) 15-2 (9-3) Held up in rear, some late headway, never near, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Novellen Lad (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Bandstand 10-3fav (9-2) Mid-division, switched right and ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead post, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Dancing Freddy (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Local Singer (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 14l behind Novellen Lad (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Evelyn May (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Steadied start, raced wide and held up towards rear, no impression when edged left over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Taurus Twins (8-13) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Earlsmedic 11-4fav (8-7) Towards rear, ridden and effort 2f out, no real impression, 7th of 10, 5l behind Cadeaux Pearl (8-10) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Rylee Mooch 9-2 (8-10) Led, hard ridden when strongly challenged inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind Desert Strike (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.