GREY COMMAND arrives in search of a course and distance hat-trick and can find it, with Coolnaharan and King's Icon heading the dangers. Our selection goes particularly well here and followed a close second with two subsequent victories. The latest of those came in impressive fashion and a 6lb rise might not be a barrier to further success, particularly as the horse made all last time so this small field plays into his hands. Coolnaharan is another who has won two of his last three starts, all of them coming over this course and distance, so despite a 3lb higher mark making life tougher this veteran is respected. He's preferred to King's Icon of the remainder, although Michael Wigham's charge is respected on his previous efforts here. He disappointed last time, but that came at Lingfield and Dunstall Park appears his preferred venue so it'd be no great surprise to see an improved effort. Mackintosh is entered to run at Lingfield on Wednesday and his chance will be better assessed after that run, but in the anticipation that he once again performs admirably he's considered. Wavertree Warrior represents a yard struggling for form and a 2lb rise for coming second last time can't have helped this one, so along with the disappointing Rouvres Girl and Saving Grace he's opposed in favour of Grey Command.
Wavertree Warrior (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Aflaam (8-12) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Grey Command (USA) 9-4fav (9-0) Made most, ridden over 2f out, ran on final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan beating Barodine (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Coolnaharan (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, wide and headway entering final 2f, ridden to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Holyfield Warrior (8-10) by shd, 13 ran.
King's Icon (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) In touch on outside, pushed along well over 1f out, soon hanging left and weakened, 9th of 11, 10l behind Expensive Problem (8-11) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Rouvres Girl (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Never a factor, 11th of 14, 22l behind Accompanist (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Nov.
Mackintosh (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Stanley Goodspeed (8-13) at Lingfield 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Saving Grace 40-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 7l behind Lunar Limelight (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.