Arizona John has been threatening to get his head in front of late and Carragold actually did so over a shorter trip at Newcastle last time. The latter had earlier found Gold Show too good at Pontefract while Titus Bolt also scored over 1m2f at Newcastle on his latest start when beating Mr Snoozy a couple of lengths. NASHVILLE has joined Richard Fahey having won over 2m at Lingfield in December. Today's drop back in distance shouldn't be a problem and he still has plenty of scope for further improvement. The returning Dark Dune and Villa Royale are others with a shout.
San Cassiano (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed inside final 3f, chased leader until over 2f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 7, 11l behind Sheikhzayedroad (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Apr.
Roman Flight (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, went 4th over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Flying Power (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Scarlet Whispers 50-1 (8-11) In touch, headway to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 16, 6l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Dark Dune (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) Towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 12, 7l behind Henry Clay (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Reflect (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 6l behind Buckland (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Arizona John (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Close up, headway to join leader entering final 2f, ridden to lead inside final furlong, caught post, 2nd of 8, hd behind Fennell Bay (9-6) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Villa Royale 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway when hung left from over 1f out, kept on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Twelve Strings (9-4) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Carragold 3-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along over 3f out, driven over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr beating Flying Applause (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Gold Show 7-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Special Mix (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp (5) gf.
King Kurt (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) In touch, pushed along halfway, headway on outside over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 6l behind Bright Applause (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Nashville (IRE) 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders, hard driven to lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec beating Squad (10-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Major Domo (FR) 14-1 (10-0) Mid-diviison, headway and switched left to inside 3f out, went 2nd 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead close home, won at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep beating Dr Irv (8-11) by nk, 14 ran.
Tinseltown 10-1 (9-5) Prominent, effort well over 2f out, faded final furlong, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Bright Applause (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 5-2fav (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, led 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr beating Mr Snoozy (9-6) by 3l, 12 ran.
Mr Snoozy 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Titus Bolt (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.