Strictly Silver couldn't live with Robin Hoods Bay at Lingfield last time but could figure with an apprentice taking 5lb off his back. He comes up against the progressive BIG BAZ in this and Bill Muir's charge is fancied to defy a 5lb rise for a cosy win at this track last month and remain unbeaten. Star Links has something to prove in this grade, though he beat Stasio a couple of lengths in a Class 3 contest here in January, while both Well Painted and The Lock Master have come up short off their current marks in lesser company of late. Shamdarley is 6lb higher than his last win and Leopardstown winner Gunner Lindley returns to the Flat after a couple of runs over hurdles on an 8lb higher mark.
Strictly Silver (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden chasing leaders over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never quite going pace to challenge, lost 4th close home, 5th of 10, 2l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (2) pol in Jan.
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, ridden early straight and soon no impression on winner, no extra final furlong, 7th of 14, 6l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Shamdarley (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, faded final furlong, 7th of 11, 4l behind Rebellious Guest (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Star Links (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Raced keenly tracking leaders in 3rd, driven along over 1f out, went 2nd post, never any chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Chookie Royale (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Stasio (USA) 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ridden and went 3rd inside final furlong, hung right, stayed on, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Star Links (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Big Baz (IRE) 4-7fav (9-6) Tracked leader early, close up behind front pair, went 2nd again going well over 2f out, led inside final furlong, not extended, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan beating Canon Law (8-10) by 1l, 4 ran.
Well Painted (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) In touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 5l behind Modernism (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
The Lock Master (IRE) 11-4 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Noble Citizen (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Jan.