Intomist has been knocking on the door but is still 6lb higher than for his last victory. Al's Memory beat Living The Life at Wolverhampton in November but the latter could turn the tables on better terms here, though was behind NASSAU STORM over course and distance a couple of weeks ago. Bill Knight's gelding showed a smart turn of foot to score that day and may be worth sticking with in his current mood. Favourite Treat's second at Kempton in December was cause for optimism and, though he's disappointed since, this represents a drop in class and he makes more appeal than Corporal Maddox and the returning Malaysian Boleh.
Favourite Treat (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Led 1f, chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 12, 5l behind Birdman (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Corporal Maddox 11-2 (9-7) Held up in last, shaken up and switched left over 2f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 5l behind Bowstar (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Nassau Storm 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, challenged 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Smokethatthunders (8-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Al's Memory (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leader, lost place 2f out, 7th of 8, 5l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Living The Life (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, kept wide until led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Nassau Storm (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Malaysian Boleh 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, pressing leaders entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Cape Samba (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Intomist (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Compton (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.