Bussa had a favourite's chance at Lingfield yesterday and would carry a double penalty in this if successful. Whatever the outcome, IOANNOU is preferred anyway as Noel Quinlan's colt has improved with every start and is expected to show further progress having won his maiden over C&D with plenty to spare. Lucky Mark has failed to build on last month's win at Lingfield and Renoir's Lady scored in a lesser grade here back in October. Marshall Art is not the most reliable but has bits of form that could see him figure.
Ioannou Evensfav (9-3) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec beating Coastal Passage (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Lucky Mark (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Spark Of Genius (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Bussa 4-6fav (9-3) Always prominent, led over 2f out, driven clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Cuthbert (8-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Amis Reunis 8-1 (8-0) Led early, chased leader 2f, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Mr Knightley (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Bartley 14-1 (9-7) Pecked start, always towards rear, 14th of 17, 17l behind Prince James (8-11) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Nov.
Ridgeway Hawk 20-1 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 10, 9l behind Methaaly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Bitaphon (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Led, driven and headed narrowly 2f out, soon ridden, no extra final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Miss Bunter (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-68 (6) pol.
Red Shadow 4-1fav (9-6) Raced wide throughout in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Demoiselle Bond (9-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Oct.
Marshall Art 7-1 (8-13) Dwelt, always behind, 10th of 11, 8l behind Putin (8-7) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Renoir's Lady 3-1 (9-7) Mid-division, under pressure over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Jackie Love (8-10) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Chester'slittlegem (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 11, 8l behind Invigilator (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Kai 4-1 (9-2) With winner, led narrowly over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, headed near finish, 2nd of 10, hd behind Glennten (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.