A competitive handicap but SOLAR DEITY won a similar grade contest here in good style a fortnight ago and can go in again. Collateral form through Verse Of Love gives Marco Botti's charge the beating of most of these including Spirit Of The Law, Lowther and Marshgate Lane. Star Links steps up in class but beat Verse Of Love by six lengths here last time and looks a threat. Epic Battle and Modernism are other recent winners trying their luck at a higher level and Sweet Lightning has a shout on his first start for a new yard judged on his best form in Ireland.
Sweet Lightning 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, 5th 2f out, went 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.
Solar Deity (IRE) 10-3 (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (2) pol in Nov beating Galician (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Marshgate Lane (USA) 5-2 (9-4) Made all, quickened over 2f out, soon clear, held on near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (3yo+) (2) pol beating Uramazin (9-4) by hd, 5 ran.
Dance And Dance (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Hampered start, raced stands' side, mid-division, never a factor, 12th of 16, 13l behind Haaf A Sixpence (9-2) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov.
Lowther 16-1 (9-1) Close up, effort over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 10, ns behind Spirit Of The Law (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Spirit Of The Law (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Lowther (9-1) by ns, 10 ran.
Verse Of Love 7-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Favourite Treat (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Favourite Treat (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Verse Of Love (8-12) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Star Links (USA) 8-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, clear when edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov beating Verse Of Love (9-3) by 6l, 6 ran.
Modernism 7-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led entering final 2f, soon joined, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Berlusca (9-1) by nk, 7 ran.
Epic Battle (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, driven 2f out, ridden to challenge when veered left 1f out, led and wandered inside final furlong, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov beating Ishikawa (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
High Net Worth 11-10fav (7-9) Soon tracked leaders in 3rd, no impression under pressure 1 1/2f out, soon dropped to 4th and one pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Cebuano (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.
Teolagi (IRE) (9-9) 6th of 16, 5l behind Leo El Toro (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo clm stks fbs in Nov.