Declared a non-runner in a tougher sprint at Kempton yesterday, this looks an easier opportunity for LEXI'S HERO. He won a Class 4 handicap at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago and can shrug off a 4lb rise dropped in class. By contrast, Kuanyao is facing a more difficult task having only won a claiming race here a week ago but Seek The Fair Land is not without a chance having finished ahead of Desert Strike over track and trip earlier this month. Liberty Jack drops back in distance but his best form over 7f makes him worthy of consideration.
Kuanyao (IRE) 7-4fav (8-11) Made all, driven clear over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol beating Mac's Power (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Slowly into stride, soon recovered and led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Light From Mars (8-13) by hd, 7 ran.
Liberty Jack (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Late to break, held up in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 9, 4l behind Mr David (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Dec.
Seek The Fair Land 16-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, led early, prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Nassau Storm (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Desert Strike 25-1 (9-5) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Valmina (9-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Alnoomaas (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Soon pressed leader, led narrowly 3f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Valmina (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Where's Reiley (USA) 7-2 (8-11) Soon pushed along and off the pace, ridden halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Shawkantango (8-9) at Southwell 5f app clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs.