Royal Bajan is a leading contender as he went close again at Southwell last time having beaten Triple Dream a neck over track and trip in January. The latter and his stablemate, Island Legend, both finished behind TYFOS when Brian Baugh's charge finished a close-up third here on his latest start. He gets the vote to go one better in this. Blanc De Chine is up 2lb for his course and distance victory in October and we may not have seen the best of French import Gandalak on only his second start for new connections.
Royal Bajan (USA) 7-2fav (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, not reached winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Gladiatrix (8-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Forest Edge (IRE) 50-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 11, 4l behind Monsieur Chevalier (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Triple Dream 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, bumped just inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Picansort (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tyfos 10-1 (9-3) With leader and keen, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind My Son Max (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Gandalak (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Led early, chased leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Oldjoesaid (8-8) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Mar.
Blanc De Chine (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader, closed inside final furlong, driven and ran on to lead final 50 yards, held on, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct beating Macdillon (8-10) by nk, 11 ran.
Lenny Bee 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 3l behind Triple Dream (9-1) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Island Legend (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 2 3/4l behind My Son Max (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.