NOVELLEN LAD bids for hat-trick on the back of a couple of victories over track and trip and beat the re-opposing Agerzam on his latest start. The latter has since boosted the form with a win so Willie Musson's charge is taken to confirm superiority on better terms having been raised only 3lb for his latest success. Trinityelitedotcom has been in fine form at Wolverhampton and went close to landing a treble at that track last weekend. He has the beating of Al's Memory on one of his earlier wins but Noble Deed may prove a bigger threat with a couple of recent runs under his belt having shown progressive form last year.
Agerzam 6-4fav (9-7) In touch, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Smokethatthunders (8-8) by 1l, 12 ran.
Taajub (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 4 1/2l behind New Fforest (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Trinityelitedotcom (IRE) 11-10fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on well, 2nd of 6, hd behind Caspian Prince (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Noble Deed 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 3l behind Perfect Pasture (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol.
Naabegha 12-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, raced keenly, held up in rear, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 7th of 11, 4l behind Perfect Pasture (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol.
Corporal Maddox 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon hung right and eased, 6th of 8, 11l behind Mont Ras (9-4) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, always travelling well, driven to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on gamely, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Agerzam (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Al's Memory (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led, hard ridden over 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Forceful Appeal (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Sir Pedro 4-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 7l behind Tax Free (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.