LEMON DROP RED was sent off favourite on his return to action at Lingfield last month but failed to get a clear run until the race was all over. However, he still managed to finish in front of today's rival Looksmart and Ed Dunlop's charge is taken to make amends and land this contest. Last September's Redcar winner Tapis Libre is 3lb higher for today's reappearance but it would be no surprise if Mick Easterby has him ready to strike, while Rational Act looks best of the remainder though he'll need to improve on what he's shown so far to trouble the selection.
Tapis Libre 22-1 (8-9) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never near leaders, 12th of 17, 16l behind Unknown Rebel (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gd in Oct.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 3-1fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up towards rear, steadied off heels and went left inside final 6f, hampered and shuffled back inside final 4f, pushed along and stayed on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 7th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Round Turn (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Zamina (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 9l behind Dazzling Valentine (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol.
Looksmart 12-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, headway to lead over 6f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, losing place when hampered on inside over 2f out, no real impression after, 8th of 12, 4l behind Round Turn (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Rational Act (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind City Legend (9-6) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Gothic Chick 50-1 (9-7) Went left start, held up in 6th, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 20l behind Bertie Blu Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Melbury 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division, progress 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Titan Diamond (8-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Savinien 50-1 (9-3) Went left start, mid-division, ridden halfway, not troubled leaders, last of 8, 21l behind Munaaseb (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.