LEO THE LION may be able to make a successful step into handicap company with Urban Space and High Cross two of the potential dangers. High Cross has to be respected given her connections and it would be no surprise if this half-sister to Record Breaker were to improve for this step up in trip having looked held at around ten furlongs. Urban Space finished tailed off in a claimer on his penultimate start but he aided Brendan Powell's upswing in fortunes by winning a handicap at Nottingham over ten furlongs. He's 7lbs higher now but that was comfortably the best performance of his career and he should stay this far so he may well be able to go on. Cry For The Moon, Mohanad, Canmoss and Mons Calpe are all considered too but Mark Johnston has his string going well and we'll side with his representative. He wasn't beaten far on either of his first two starts at Kempton before landing the odds over this trip at Lingfield in a race that also featured Urban Space. The form of that contest isn't great but his initial mark looks fair and there should be more to come so Leo The Lion will do for us.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Ouster (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Leo The Lion (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Close up, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 2f out, driven to lead well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Feb beating Red Suede Shoes (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Mohanad (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Held up 4th, chased leading pair over 2f out, soon hanging left, not quicken and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Rupestrian (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
High Cross (IRE) 5-2 (8-8) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, shd behind Kimberley Downs (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Solo Choice 20-1 (9-3) Towards rear, steady headway over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 11, 2l behind Good Buy Dubai (8-6) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Dispol Diva 5-2fav (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, held on under pressure towards finish, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Kochanski (8-7) by nk, 9 ran.
Urban Space 25-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, ridden to lead and hung left over 1f out, ran on, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Mr Prolific (8-9) by 2 3/4l, 15 ran.
Canmoss (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Led over 8f out, clear when idled over 1f out, looked in danger, soon driven and edged right inside final furlong, responded well to riders urging towards finish, won at Great Leighs 1m 2f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Nicky Nutjob (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mons Calpe (IRE) 5-1fav (8-12) Mid-division, edging right under pressure 1f out, faded close home, 8th of 13, 4l behind Lyra's Daemon (9-4) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Dollar Express (USA) 6-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed 3f out, soon driven along and weakened, 4th of 9, 17l behind Fin Vin De Leu (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.