INGLEBY ARCH has won 11 times over 6f, seven of those over C&D, so it was no surprise to see him come unstuck over 7f here last time. He's much better off at the weights with Cape Vale, who beat him over C&D earlier, and David Barron's sprinter can take this if running anywhere near his best. Bonnie Prince Blue beat Punching here at the beginning of last month and the latter got on the scoresheet himself two days later when returning to this track. Conor Dore's charge can come out best of that pair on today's terms, but Hard Rock City has a bit to find with both on earlier form.
Cape Vale (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Silaah (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Jan.
Bonnie Prince Blue 7-4fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Punching (9-3) by 7l, 5 ran.
Hard Rock City (USA) 5-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced 4f out, soon beaten, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 20l behind Ours (9-9) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, lost place well over 2f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Malcheek (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (2) fbs in Dec.
Punching 13-2 (8-8) In touch, ridden 1f out, soon faded, 6th of 7, 10l behind Sloop Johnb (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 40-1 (8-0) Missed break, behind until headway on outside to go prominent after 2f, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 16l behind Penrod Ballantyne (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan.
Excusez Moi (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Dwelt, towards rear, headway on outer to go in touch 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 27l behind Elhamri (9-4) at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.