Flying Pickets beat Alpha Tauri and Rio Cobolo over track and trip in November and won again here last month. He had earlier finished just behind Bitaphon at this track and they look closely matched on today's terms. Masai Moon went close over 6f here in between a couple of modest efforts on the Polytrack but TIGHT LIPPED is preferred on this occasion. The latter scored at Wolverhampton before failing to hang on over a mile at this track last month when caught by the progressive Caledonia Prince. James Eustace's charge is fancied to go one better in this.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 5-2fav (9-7) Led, clear with one other over 3f out, headed narrowly 2f out, driven and edged right approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Dickie Le Davoir (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Masai Moon 9-2 (9-0) Raced wide tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden and kept on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Hurricane Spirit (8-8) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Tight Lipped (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Prominent, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Caledonia Prince (9-3) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Caldercruix (USA) 13-2 (9-4) Soon chased leader until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Toga Tiger (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Macdonald Mor (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Admiralty (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Only Ten Per Cent (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, headway to chase winner approaching final furlong, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Hurricane Spirit (8-8) at Kempton 7f clm stks (6) pol in Feb.
Flying Pickets (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, soon every chance, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Light Burst (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Feb.
Imprimis Tagula (IRE) 10-1 (8-2) Raced wide led, headed 4f out, prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Light Burst (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Feb.
Rio Cobolo (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Flying Pickets (8-13) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Bitaphon (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Made most, ridden and pressed from over 2f out, driven out, gamely, won at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Feb beating Flying Pickets (9-6) by 3/4l, 10 ran.