FREDERIC CHOPIN has been placed over track and trip in both recent outings and looks to have leading claims dropping down in class. Only Plough Boy looks likely to pose the only real threa, but he's attempting today's longer distance for the first time so Stuart Williams' charge looks the safest bet and should be opening his account. The remainder have yet to show any worthwhile form but Shannon Haven and Swale Star may do better now handicapping for the first time.
Plough Boy (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Like A Prayer (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Frederic Chopin 7-4fav (8-8) Held up in touch, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Starlight Princess (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Shannon Haven (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went close 2nd over 3f out until ridden and edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 10l behind Cosquillas (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Flying Author (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Soon led, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 18l behind Masterpaver (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Swale Star 100-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, 13th of 14, 13l behind Anglo Irish (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Redy To Rumble 66-1 (8-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 11, 23l behind Like A Prayer (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.