Plenty with claims in this including Special Mix and Keene, who finished almost upsides when filling the places behind Echo Brava here last time. Rowan Ridge has the past form to figure but may need the outing having missed all of last year while The Blue Dog is back on a winning mark having beaten Majiz at Wolverhampton last April and produced a much better effort when runner-up here last time. LIVING LEADER finished just behind the latter on his latest start and Nick Littmoden's charge gets the tentative vote today as he finally looks set to take advantage of a tumble down the weights.
Special Mix 25-1 (9-0) Awkwardly away took keen hold in touch, headway to track leaders over 7f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden and went 2nd final strides, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Echo Brava (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Rowan Ridge 10-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear but in touch, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind English Summer (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec '12.
Living Leader 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and effort on inside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Swift Blade (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Keene 3-1fav (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Echo Brava (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Mazij 9-1 (10-13) Led 2f, chased clear leader, led again inside final 3f, ridden well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, chased leading pair, no extra in 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 8l behind Automotive (10-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun.
The Blue Dog (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, led 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Swift Blade (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Elegant Ophelia 5-1fav (9-0) In rear, weakened 3f out, eased final 2f, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Tawseef (9-1) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 12-1 (8-5) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 8l behind Echo Brava (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.