Chapter And Verse should finish closer back in this lower grade. There's not much between him and Karam Albaari on running at Lingfield, although the latter has also finished behind First Post since then. Noble Protector went close over track and trip in October and is less exposed than Certavi, who is upped 6lb for his win over 1m4f here at the end of last year. COMMISSAR ran well in a tougher contest at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago and it's Ian Williams' charge that gets a tentative vote to resume winning ways dropped in class today.
Chapter And Verse (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, 3 lengths clear 8f out, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 6l behind Indian Jack (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Karam Albaari (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, not clear run and switched left inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 13, 6l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Commissar 7-2 (8-8) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Thatchmaster (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Flashman 100-1 (8-0) In touch, driven and lost place 3f out, weakened 2f out, 18th of 33, 19l behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Certavi (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) In touch on outer, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Mallory Heights (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Noble Protector 11-4fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up in last, pushed along over 4f out, headway on outside over 2 out, chased winner from well over 1f out, kept on without being able to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Jazz Master (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
First Post (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway well over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Ocean Applause 25-1 (8-12) Switched right and not much room after start, never travelled in rear, never threatened, 10th of 13, 10l behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.