A highly competitive handicap with no less than three of the contestants bidding for hat-tricks. Black Coffee is stepped up in class after scoring twice here last month and this could prove beyond him, but The Lock Master has every chance after beating Loyalty, Brouhaha and Lay Claim over C&D last time. That form looks solid with the latter having since won at Kempton. Star Links landed a double over the extended mile here recently, but will do well to confirm the form of his latest start with the runner-up ELIJAH PEPPER. David Barron's charge lost out by the narrowest of margins on that occasion and this extra furlong can see him register another winner for a stable in fine form.
West End Lad 8-1 (9-4) Raced wide, in rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 17l behind Nazreef (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Thunderstruck 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3l behind Mighty Clarets (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Star Links (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to leader over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Elijah Pepper (8-12) by ns, 9 ran.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 5-1fav (8-12) Raced wide, held up, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, ran on, just failed, 2nd of 9, ns behind Star Links (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
The Lock Master (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) In touch, hampered and lost place after 1f, towards rear, ridden over 3f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Loyalty (9-0) by ns, 11 ran.
Brouhaha 85-40 (9-7) Tracked leading trio, headway over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Resuscitator (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Snow Dancer (IRE) 40-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, headway and switched right 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 1 1/2l behind Mighty Clarets (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lay Claim (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside and driven over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led post, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Round Won (9-3) by ns, 12 ran.
Loyalty 8-1 (9-0) Slow into stride, in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on towards finish when struck by rivals whip, 2nd of 11, ns behind The Lock Master (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Black Coffee 7-2fav (9-9) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway when not clear run over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, nudged into lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Kyle Of Bute (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 13-8fav (8-5) Raced wide, progress to track leader over 8f out, led 7f out, headed over 4f out, ridden and bumped over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Visions Of Johanna (8-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.