SHANNON HAVEN caught Plough Boy on the line to dead-heat for first over course and distance last time. With the principal opposition unproven over the distance, he can go in again. Duly Acclaimed is getting closer without threatening the winner with her latest effort coming over 7f and Ventura Reef's best effort so far came over the same trip. Flying Kite went close over a mile at Kempton on his penultimate start but reverted to his old self when well beaten at the same track last time.
Ventura Reef (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Outpaced, ridden 4f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 22l behind Bretherton (8-12) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Shannon Haven (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt and bumped start, intouch towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, joined winner post, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol deadheating with Plough Boy (9-7), 6 ran.
Duly Acclaimed (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Barbary (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Emerald Gg (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, driven over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 8l behind Kantara Castle (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Needs The Run 25-1 (8-7) Restrained start, in rear, pushed along 3f out, never a factor, last of 6, 13l behind Hardy Black (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Flying Kyte 20-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, effort on inside when not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, plugged on inside final furlong, went modest 4th in closing stages, 4th of 11, 9l behind Like A Prayer (9-6) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.