Ann Stokell runs both Pull The Pin and Waabel, with Paul Mulrennan riding the former, but neither has shown much lately. Alpha Tauri has never won over the minimum trip but this is Shawkantango's ideal distance and he's already won seven times over track and trip. Beacon Tarn, eased a couple of pounds since his latest course and distance third, must have every chance under a useful 3lb claimer but we fancy KEEP IT DARK to go close as well. He's not figured on three previous starts on the all-weather but was in very good form on Turf last year off similar marks and is from a yard that's going well at present - the stiff 5f here should suit.
Beacon Tarn 7-1 (9-1) Prominent, soon hard driven, stayed on well closing stages, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Rambo Will (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Shawkantango 5-1 (8-13) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Bapak Bangsawan (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Keep It Dark 3-1fav (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Foxy Music (8-9) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 5-2fav (8-5) Led, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, ridden and every chance from over 1f out until no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Khajaaly (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Flash City (ITY) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in touch on inside, ridden and no headway over 1f out, last of 7, 13l behind Colourbearer (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Pull The Pin (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Led, ran wide bend 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 7l behind Profile Star (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 33-1 (9-3) Led, ridden clear over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Foie Gras (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Waabel 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 6l behind Novabridge (9-7) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.