ARCTIC LYNX raced well up with the pace and failed to produce his usual strong finish when a disappointing favourite over C&D last time. Ridden with more restraint here, John Best's sprinter is fancied to turn the tables on the front-running Norville. The latter also had Qadar and Waabel behind last month and looks sure to make another bold bid but could be taken on for the lead today by Vintage, who is not without claims himself. Billy Red could make the frame and is another to consider in a typically open sprint.
Fantasy Explorer 50-1 (9-2) Keen held up on outer, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 12, 4l behind Five Star Junior (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Feb.
Billy Red 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on, never able to challenge, 4th of 6, 2l behind Le Toreador (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Curtains 16-1 (8-10) Held up, never near leaders, 6th of 12, 4l behind Arteus (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Punching 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Ingleby Arch (9-1) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 13-8fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance 1f out, no extra near finish, 5th of 11, 3l behind Norville (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Feb.
Waabel 17-2 (9-10) Raced wide, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Norville (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Feb.
Vintage (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Raced keenly, led after 1f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Clear Praise (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Tracked leading pair, travelling well 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, challenged soon after, ran on to lead final 100 yards, shade cleverly, won at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol beating Northern Dare (8-9) by hd, 6 ran.
Qadar (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Raced wide throughout, ridden and headway entering final furlong, ran on to go 3rd post, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Norville (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Feb.
Norville (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Led after 1f, headed 2f out, ridden to lead again approaching 1f out, driven and asserted near finish, won at Lingfield 6f hcap (5) pol in Feb beating Rio Royale (8-8) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Fawley Green 11-2 (9-6) Behind, last of 13, 50l behind Darcey (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Rocker 6-1 (9-6) Dwelt, in touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 8l behind Kinigi (8-9) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.