Plenty with claims in a competitive sprint. Swiss Cross returned to action with victory over track and trip and is upped 5lb after defeating the re-opposing Muhdiq and SILKEN EXPRESS. But the latter gets the vote to take revenge if ridden closer to the pace on today's better terms. Forest Edge won a conditions race over 6f at Kempton last time and has the beating of Addictive Dream and Ubetterbegood. Even Stevens has been in fine form but tends to save his best for the Fibresand at Southwell, while the likes of Lexi's Hero and Dangerous Age also arrive in great heart but are upped in class for this. Caspian Prince is chasing a hat-trick having won his latest start over course and distance but could have been better drawn.
Forest Edge (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 6f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan beating Rummaging (8-13) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Swiss Cross 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leader, led entering final furlong, edged right, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol beating Muhdiq (8-4) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Addictive Dream (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Ballista (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
Even Stevens 4-1 (8-12) Led until over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Silken Express (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcap (2) fbs in Jan.
Silken Express (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Chased leaders, effort well over 1f out, stayed on strongly closing stages, nearest finish, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Caspian Prince (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Made all, strongly challenged from well over 1f out, held on gamely, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan beating Trinityelitedotcom (9-1) by hd, 6 ran.
Ubetterbegood (ARG) 33-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, ridden when ran wide into straight 2f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 27l behind Tarooq (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Jiroft (ITY) 12-1 (9-4) Led, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Doctor Parkes 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, effort well over 1f out, soon one pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Silken Express (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcap (2) fbs in Jan.
Lexi's Hero (IRE) 10-11fav (9-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance kept on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Expose (8-11) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Muhdiq (USA) 7-2 (8-4) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Swiss Cross (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Dangerous Age 11-2 (9-0) Steadied start, mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Triple Dream (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.