Black Baccara looks firmly in the handicapper's grip after making the frame once again last week, but JIMMY RYAN looks capable of winning off his current mark. Tim McCarthy's charge just failed to catch Your Gifted over C&D on his latest start and a similar effort should be enough to take this. Steel City Boy couldn't follow-up his Wolverhampton win off a higher mark last time but has the beating of Thoughtsofstardom and Lithaam, while Jolly Ranch produced a good effort after nearly eight months off the track when third behind Desert Strike last month and is worth noting.
Black Baccara 11-4 (8-11) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, chased winner and every chance over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Estonia (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Jimmy Ryan (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Chased leading pair until slightly outpaced over 2f out, ridden and wide straight, went 2nd inside final furlong, not quite reach winner and carried right towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Your Gifted (9-0) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Step It Up (IRE) 25-1 (8-2) Led, 3 lengths ahead after 1f, reduced lead over 2f out, headed and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 5l behind Estonia (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Jolly Ranch 18-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and every chance 1f out, hung right, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Desert Strike (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Sally's Swansong (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Athwaab 20-1 (8-3) Led, ridden and joined over 1f out, headed just inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Lewyn (8-10) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Triskaidekaphobia 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced 2f out, ridden over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 4l behind Sally's Swansong (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Thoughtsofstardom 10-3fav (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Steel City Boy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Commandingpresence (USA) 11-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Chantilly Jewel (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb.
Lithaam (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 10, 3l behind Steel City Boy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.