It would be difficult to find a better example of a whose turn is it today contest in a typically wide-open sprint. Even Stevens has every chance after beating Silken Express, Swiss Cross and Addictive Dream at Wolverhampton when UBETTERBEGOOD was a fast-finishing fourth. Drawn wide on that occasion, Robert Cowell's charge gets a speculative vote in this. Stablemate Silken Express had earlier got the better of Woolfall Sovereign at Southwell while Ballista also has a shout in this grade. Taajub finished ahead of Diamond Charlie here last time but is upped in class along with Picansort.
Even Stevens 20-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on gamely, held on, all out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb beating Silken Express (9-1) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Ballista (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Tarooq (9-0) at Lingfield 6f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Swiss Cross 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and edged left entering final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 4l behind Even Stevens (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Even Stevens (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Silken Express (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Even Stevens (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Woolfall Sovereign (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 8l behind Rivellino (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 25-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Even Stevens (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Taajub (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb beating Royal Bajan (9-4) by 1l, 9 ran.
Diamond Charlie (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway entering final furlong, not clear run inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Taajub (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Picansort 9-4fav (9-7) In touch in rear, ridden and headway when not clear run inside final furlong, switched right, stayed on, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Gregori (8-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.