Chain Of Events made the frame over 1m2f here before a below-par effort on the Fibresand and King Olav wasn't beaten that far off today's mark when fifth over the same trip here in January. Fearless Lad scored over course and distance last month but his challenge quickly petered out when back at the track last time. FINAL DELIVERY got within a short-head of the winner at Wolverhampton on his latest start. Jim Boyle's charge is taken to go one better with an apprentice's 5lb allowance in his favour and is just preferred to handicap debutant Midnight Chorister.
Chain Of Events 5-1 (9-8) Pressed leader after 1f, pushed along 4f out, lost place approaching 3f out, 4th of 5, 13l behind Handsome Stranger (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
King Olav (UAE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Poitin (8-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Midnight Chorister 7-2 (9-8) Keen in touch on outer, wide into straight 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Highfields Dancer (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Fearless Lad (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Watt Broderick (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Lily Edge 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt always in rear, last of 9, 7l behind Thane Of Cawdor (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Final Delivery 7-2 (9-5) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, driven to challenge winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 6, shd behind Dividend Dan (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.