PROHIBITION could only manage fourth back on turf at Musselburgh last week having gone up 6lb for his previous win at this track. However, Leonna Mayor's claim and the return to Polytrack could make the difference today and he gets the vote. Penbryn has been threatening for some time now but usually finds at least one too good and Cahala Dancer makes more appeal on the back of her promising comeback at Kempton last time. Notabadlad ended last season with an improved effort on the turf here and is worth a second glance in the betting on his reappearance.
Matavia Bay (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Chased leadrs, led over 3f out until over 2f out, stayed chasing leaders until weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 7l behind Regency Art (8-5) at Leicester 7f clm stks (6) gf in Oct.
Resplendent Alpha 11-1 (8-6) Held up in last pair, ridden 2f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 2nd towards finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Nadeen (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Notabadlad 66-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, in rear, driven over 4f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Miss Blink (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug.
Penbryn (USA) 15-8fav (9-2) Taken to post early, carried head high leaving stalls and slowly into stride, pushed along and headway to chase leaders over 4f out, went 3rd over 3f out, chase winner 2f out, switched inside over 1f out, not run on and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Kipchak (9-5) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Prohibition (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Raced keenly, mid-division, switched outside and headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, not reached leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Shamarlane (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
Cahala Dancer (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 3l behind Qeethaara (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Bubbly Braveheart (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Steadied start, held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out on outer, never a factor, last of 10, 12l behind Qeethaara (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Broughton Place 16-1 (9-5) Chased leader until 8f out, chased leaders, hung right and lost place over 2f out, never on terms after, 7th of 9, 5l behind Spartan King (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Rainsborough 16-1 (8-13) Raced in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 7th of 10, 4l behind Prohibition (8-13) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
If What And Maybe 14-1 (8-13) Pushed along to soon lead, reminder after 1f, headed over 2f out, faded over 1f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Spartan Spirit (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.
Regal Rave (USA) 5-2fav (9-2) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway 3f out, not clear run over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Fire In Babylon (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.
The Ducking Stool 12-1 (8-7) In touch, headway 2f out, effort 1f, ridden and no impression, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Russian Storm (8-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Cairanne 11-2 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Cabal (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Mar.
Estee Will 300-1 (9-8) Pushed along in rear, behind final 3f, last of 11, 33l behind Dark Stranger (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.