Lastchancelucas got the better of Tax Free in a similar sprint here a fortnight ago with Oldjoesaid and Bronze Beau filling the remaining places. Declan Carroll's charge remains on a decent mark, despite a 4lb rise. Keep It Dark scored easily at Catterick last time but has been upped 9lb for his trouble while Six Wives was ending a long losing run when returning to the Fibresand at Southwell last week. Imperial Legend and Hoofalong are taking a drop in class though neither look particularly well handicapped and AMBITIOUS ICARUS is preferred. The latter was only beaten a head off today's mark in November and gets the nod with a recent pipe-opener at Ripon likely to have blown any cobwebs away.
Imperial Legend (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Went right start, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Caspian Prince (9-4) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Hoofalong 4-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders 3f, last of 12, 9l behind Right Touch (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Tumblewind 16-1 (9-3) Raced far side, prominent, led group and overall over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra in closing stages, 5th of 18, 1 1/2l behind Lastchancelucas (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Tax Free (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Raced far side, chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, stayed on but not pace of winner towards finish, 2nd of 18, 3/4l behind Lastchancelucas (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Lastchancelucas 10-1 (8-11) Raced near side, outpaced towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Tax Free (9-5) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Keep It Dark 10-3fav (9-2) Close up, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Catterick 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd beating Boxing Shadows (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Ambitious Icarus 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 13l behind Angus Og (9-0) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Alaskan Bullet (IRE) 5-4fav (9-10) Always prominent, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Beckermet (9-4) at Redcar 6f clm stks (6) gf in May '13.
Bronze Beau 12-1 (8-9) Led near side, headed that side 100 yards out, kept on, 4th of 18, 1 1/2l behind Lastchancelucas (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Oldjoesaid 28-1 (8-13) Raced near side, outpaced, headway on rail and ran on inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Lastchancelucas (8-11) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
First In Command (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Desert Command (9-7) at Bath 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Prince Regal 7-1 (9-5) With leader stands side, driven 2f out, soon ridden, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 16th of 18, 18l behind Intrinsic (9-7) at Ascot 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Six Wives 2-1fav (8-12) Made all, 3 lengths clear halfway, hard ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Southwell 5f fll hcp (4) fbs beating Ray Of Joy (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leader in mid-division, 6th and pushed along halfway, under pressure and no extra fiinal furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Lottie Dod (9-6) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Mar.
Go Go Green (IRE) 11-1 (8-4) Held up behind, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Red Baron (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Apr.