GARGANO can complete the hat-trick at the main expense of Charging Indian and General Tufto. Mark Johnston's 5-year-old has won two of his four starts on the all-weather, and it was a good effort to make all the running at Lingfield when he beat Red Hot Desert last month. He looks to be going the right way and with this slight drop in trip in his favour he can go in again. Charging Indian has won over the course and distance twice, most recently when he beat Bosamcliff here last week and on these terms there should be little between them again. General Tufto won here last time but that was over a mile and a combination of this longer trip and a 6lbs penalty could make him vulnerable today. Divinatore and Mullitovermaurice look to have a bit to find with the others to get competitive, and Gargano is taken to make it three wins on the bounce.
General Tufto 9-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, pressed leader inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan beating Hypnotic Gaze (9-4) by hd, 10 ran.
Charging Indian (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led and hung left 2f out, driven out, won at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan beating Bosamcliff (9-2) by nk, 8 ran.
Gargano (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon challenged, just held on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Red Hot Desert (9-1) by ns, 9 ran.
Bosamcliff (IRE) 15-2 (9-2) Led 1f, in touch, ridden 3f out, switched right 2f out, chased winner just inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Charging Indian (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Mullitovermaurice 25-1 (8-7) Held up in touch, under pressure over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 10th of 12, 22l behind Thunderstruck (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Divinatore 17-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, steadied back and lost 3 places 8f out, ridden over 4f out, driven and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 6l behind Franco Is My Name (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.