The lack of recent winning form makes this a hard race to call but INCOMPARABLE could prove good enough. Dandy Nicholl's charge has gone close here twice recently and a repeat of his second to Island Legend on his penultimate start could see him back in the winners' enclosure. Valmina returned to action with a good effort behind Excellent Show and he can figure, while Fantasy Fighter had Gwilym just behind when third at Lingfield last month. Diapason has been placed over 7f here recently and is another to consider.
Dark Lane 8-1 (8-12) Pulled hard and prominent, chased leader 4f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, ridden over 1f out, hung right and stayed on same inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Clear Praise (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Tasmeem (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Set fast pace, headed over 5f out, tracked leader, every chance well over 1f out, soon beaten, weakened entering final furlong, last of 7, 23l behind Steed (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Diapason (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 3f out, led well over 1f out, soon ridden and headed, one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Steed (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Incomparable 25-1 (9-6) Keen and chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Norville (8-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Defector (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, towards rear, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 6l behind Hulcote Rose (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Bahamian Lad 25-1 (8-12) Went left start, led 1f, stayed close up on inside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 8l behind Clear Praise (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Tourist 8-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 11, 5l behind Jack Rackham (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Fantasy Fighter (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, raced wide, always towards rear, 8th of 11, 8l behind Norville (8-10) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Sir Nod 13-2 (9-6) Led 1f, chased winner, ridden and lost place over 1f out, gradually weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Yurituni (9-6) at Pontefract 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Gwilym (GER) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 2l behind Prize Point (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Valmina 12-1 (8-4) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway 1f out, ran on well, gaining close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Excellent Show (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Avontuur (FR) 5-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 7l behind Pose (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.