Duke Of Clarence was completing a hat-trick when winning over this trip on soft ground at Windsor in October. He's 6lb higher on his return to action but still warrants a place on the short-list and is much preferred to the mare Dancing Primo off level weights. But Tony Carroll is attempting to strike while the iron is hot with LUGGERS HALL, who swept through to land an apprentices' race at Doncaster on Saturday with a bit in hand. He's unpenalised for that success and, with Joey Haynes claiming 7lb, can post a quick follow-up. Take Two handles heavy going and could give the selection most to do as Masters Blazing usually finds at least one too good and Cool Sky may be too high in the weights now. Border Revia returns from a break.
Dancing Primo 7-1 (8-11) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 14l behind Lady Loch (8-6) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) hvy in Sep.
Duke Of Clarence (IRE) 7-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, challenged final furlong led narrowly final 120 yards, in control when edged left close home (hand timed), won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Sheila's Buddy (9-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Cool Sky 9-2 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Buckland (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Border Revia (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Reared and slowly away, in rear, soon outpaced, 10th of 11, 29l behind Our Boy Jack (9-2) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Take Two 8-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon weakened, eased, 10th of 11, 18l behind Diplomatic (8-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Masters Blazing 25-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on inside over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Linkable (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) In rear, headway 2f out, ridden and ran on to lead inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Mar beating Zaplamation (8-11) by 1l, 16 ran.