Hay Dude recorded last year's good efforts in heavy ground and has something to prove on his return while Ready has an 8lb rise to contend with after ending last season with a double on the Polytrack. Red Refraction finally opened his account with a maiden win at Lingfield when beating a subsequent winner and course winner Living The Life is another who needs to improve on her handicap debut. Rouge Nuage has leading claims on his second at Lingfield last month but it could pay to stick with PROPHETS PRIDE. He bids for hat-trick having won a handicap over 7f here in January and today's extra distance looks well within his scope.
Hay Dude 6-4 (8-11) Held up in 4th, smooth headway 3f out, challenged on bit and every chance 2f out, ridden and found little over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Pure Excellence (8-9) at Haydock 7f 2yo stks (3) hvy in Oct.
Ready (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Held up in touch, driven and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 7f Conditions Stakes (2yo) (3) pol in Nov beating Danz Choice (9-0) by 2l, 6 ran.
Red Refraction (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Keen led 1f, tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, gradually wore down leader to lead towards finish, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol beating Fraserburgh (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Living The Life (IRE) 2-1 (8-6) Prominent, led 2f out, soon edged left to stands rail, ran on, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Aye Aye Skipper (8-11) by 1l, 10 ran.
Prophets Pride 8-11fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, driven out, held on well, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Red Dragon (9-1) by 1 3/4l, 3 ran.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, pressing for lead and every chance inside final furlong, staying on same pace in 4th when slightly hampered close home, 4th of 6, 1 1/4l behind King George River (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.