HOOF IT blew the start at Lingfield last time but it seemed to suit as he was flying at the finish. Beaten less than a length by Tarooq, a return to winning ways looks imminent. Collateral form with the latter gives Lancelot Du Lac leading claims and Dean Ivory's charge won over track and trip in November. Forest Edge is good enough on his day but seems to have lost his edge of late and Trinityelitedotcom is proving more reliable. The latter should go well and Absolutely So is not without a chance for an in-form yard on his earlier third to Rivellino at Lingfield. Annunciation won the Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot in August but is hard to catch right.
Hoof It 5-1fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway entering final furlong, ridden and ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, nk behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Lancelot Du Lac (ITY) 5-2fav (9-6) In touch, headway over 1f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression and lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Tarooq (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Forest Edge (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt, always in rear, last of 10, 7l behind Stepper Point (9-3) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol.
Annunciation 13-2 (8-6) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, soon lost place, last of 4, 11l behind Highland Colori (8-11) at Warwick 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug.
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) 10th of 11, 10l behind Zahee (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Trinityelitedotcom (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Led, ridden and strongly pressed when edged right entering final furlong, headed and unable to quicken final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Alben Star (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Pearl Ice 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 15th of 21, 7l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Polski Max 20-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along and effort 2f out, never dangerous, 13th of 19, 8l behind Take Cover (9-4) at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Piscean (USA) 7-1 (9-6) In rear, ran on final furlong, nearest finish, 7th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Upavon (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Royal Bajan (USA) 3-1fav (9-7) Chased clear leader, led inside final furlong, ran on, readily, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Moorhouse Lad (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Baddilini 7-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden and no impression over 2f out, ran on strongly final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, nk behind Upavon (8-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Absolutely So (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Grey Mirage (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Feb.