New Rich won here in February beating Divine Call by only a head. The latter had earlier scored over track and trip when just getting the better of WEST LEAKE. But Paul Burgoyne's charge re-opposes on better terms and it could be his turn today. Indian Affair is back on a winning mark and has been threatening to get his head back in front while Commandingpresence is not easily dismissed racing off a lower mark than when winning last year's renewal. Foie Gras is another with claims on last month's victory over course and distance.
Indian Affair 8-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced 3f out, stayed on to chase clear winner entering final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-3) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
Meridius (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway entering final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Dreams Of Reality (8-10) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol.
Divine Call 9-2 (9-7) Slowly into stride, last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Invigilator (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Foie Gras 12-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Sweet Talking Guy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
El Mirage (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 11l behind Foie Gras (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
New Rich 14-1 (9-0) Dwelt, always behind, 11th of 12, 9l behind Sweet Talking Guy (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Valdaw 7-2fav (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out soon weakened, 10th of 12, 19l behind Grace Hull (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
West Leake (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders on inside, ridden and went 2nd 2f out until outpaced over 1f out, stayed on again inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, no chance with leading duo, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Until Midnight (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Triple Aitch (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 12, hd behind Sewn Up (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Mack's Sister 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd approaching final furlong, no chance with easy winner, no extra and lost two places final 135 yards, 4th of 11, 7l behind Elusive Hawk (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar '13.
Commandingpresence (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Went keen to post, pushed left start, chased leaders on outside, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Aeolian Blue (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Black Truffle (FR) 7-2fav (8-13) Keen towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Indian Violet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol.