Centurius is certainly good enough if at his best on his first start since October. He makes more appeal than stablemate Shamdarley given the latter was well beaten here last month by STAR LINKS. Steve Donohoe's charge was held up from a high draw back at this track a week ago and never got involved. But he can adopt his preferred tactics of racing from just off the pace in this and gets the nod. He should get a good lead from Tepmokea, who looks likely to set the pace after making all to win in France last time, though Thatchmaster also led all the way when landing a maiden at Southwell. Tatting and Commissar arrive in good form but both will find life tougher upped in class.
Centurius 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Seek Again (9-5) at York 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Star Links (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Slowly away raced wide keen towards rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 6l behind Whispering Warrior (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Tepmokea (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) won at Lyon La Soie(FR) 1m 1f clm stks fbs in Feb beating Looking (8-11) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Shamdarley (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Went right start, took keen hold, led after 1f, headed over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Star Links (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway towards far side over 2f out, soon ridden chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 15, 23l behind Gworn (8-11) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Tatting 6-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, weakened 3f out, last of 8, 19l behind Mondlicht (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Commissar 2-1fav (9-6) Dwelt, held up mid-division, headway to lead over 1f out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Top Diktat (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Thatchmaster (USA) 7-4fav (8-11) In touch in rear, ridden and soon struggling halfway, weakened 3f out, 5th of 7, 23l behind Noble Citizen (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-90) (3) fbs in Feb.