Universal is not the most reliable but has claims if at his best and a literal reading of Tepmokea's third to the high-class Planteur at Lingfield gives Elaine Burke's charge every chance. Cry Fury also has the ability to land this but hasn't raced since June last year, his only outing of the season. SPIFER beat Greylami, a previous winner of this contest, a shade more cosily than the narrow margin would suggest over track and trip in January. His latest defeat by Robin Hoods Bay is working out well and Marco Botti's charge gets the nod on that form. Hanoverian Baron and Buckland should both give a good account and a big run is also expected from the bottom weight Suffice given he was declared for a much easier race during the week but didn't take part.
Universal (IRE) 7-1 (8-5) 9th of 11, 7l behind Plantagenet (8-8) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp.
Cry Fury 8-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, hung left inside final 2f, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Gatewood (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Tepmokea (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Held up, wide into straight 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Planteur (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Life And Soul (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Soon led, headed over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 21, 19l behind Party Line (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Buckland (IRE) 9-2 (8-11) Raced wide tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Solaras Exhibition (8-5) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Spifer (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcap (2) pol.
Vasily 9-1 (9-9) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost 2nd, weakened over 1f out, eased when beaten final furlong, 8th of 9, 22l behind Borug (8-10) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Tappanappa (IRE) 7-4fav (9-2) Dwelt, soon led, joined over 5f out, headed well over 2f out, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Wildomar (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol in Feb.
Hanoverian Baron 9-2 (9-1) Held up in last, ridden over 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcap (2) pol beating Flying Power (9-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
John Biscuit (IRE) 5-2fav (8-10) Keen held up, ridden over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 9, 4l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Pilgrims Rest (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Raced wide close up, weakened 2f out, 11th of 12, 21l behind Strictly Silver (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Greylami (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied and just held close home, 2nd of 7, shd behind Spifer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Slowly away raced wide towards rear, headway 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Scottish Star 9-4fav (9-6) Pulled hard tracking leaders, effort over 2f out, kept on under pressure, 4th of 8, 3l behind Chookie Royale (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Daghash 7-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 3l behind Swing Alone (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Suffice (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Close up, headway to track leaders 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Full Swing (9-5) by 3l, 5 ran.