Coda Agency has returned from a lay-off in fine form winning his last two starts over C&D. He looks likely to make another bold bid here but may find MASHOOD too good. The latter opened his account with a victory over C&D on his recent Polytrack debut and, lightly-raced for a five-year-old, Peter Hiatt's charge looks capable of going in again off a 4lb higher mark. Dubburg ended a long losing run when scoring over 1m5f here last time with Vertueux behind and tries this longer trip for the first time, but Tower has plenty to find with the selection on latest running.
Coda Agency 11-4 (10-0) Tracked leader, led narrowly over 3f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Pittodrie Star (10-0) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
City Stable (IRE) 15-8 (9-0) Raced freely, led at decent pace, ridden and headed 2f out, no chance with winner over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 4, 3 1/2l behind Unbreak My Heart (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Drawback (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Tracked leader until over 6f out, remained close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 11l behind Robby Bobby (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (4) fbs in Dec '08.
Mashdood (USA) 5-2fav (9-9) Chased clear leader, led over 3f out, hard ridden over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Gandalf (9-13) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Dubburg (USA) 4-1fav (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, edged left and bumped well over 1f out, chased leaders soon after, sustained run inside final furlong, led final stride, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Eagle Nebula (9-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Vertueux (FR) 33-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio, lost place over 5f out, struggling after, 9th of 12, 9l behind Dubburg (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Tower 11-4 (8-13) Steadied in rear, pushed along over 5f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 9l behind Mashdood (9-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Frameit (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) In touch, headway over 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 14, nk behind Delorain (8-8) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.