LUNGARNO PALACE didn't manage to win for Aidan O'Brien in Ireland last year but was only beaten a head at Dundalk on his latest start. He's since joined Marco Botti and looks the one to beat in this. Three Cliffs should also improve this year with headgear applied for the first time on his reappearance, while any strong support for the newcomer Tarrafal would be significant given his yard has a 50 per cent strike rate at this track in 2014. Upholland has a shout but was due to run in a handicap here yesterday.
Lungarno Palace (USA) 13-8fav (9-5) Niggled along early, prominent, pushed along in 3rd before straight, 2nd and challenged inside final furlong, briefly drifted in towards winner, straightened up and stayed on well closing stages, just failed, 2nd of 12, hd behind Persian Caliph (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep.
Sheriff Of Nawton (IRE) 28-1 (8-6) Slowly away, held up, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Shamardyh (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Smart Life 12-1 (8-10) Dwelt, behind, soon struggling, tailed off over 3f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Nick The Odds (8-10) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Jan, 8 ran.
Tarrafal (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Cape Verdi.
Three Cliffs 5-4fav (9-5) Took keen hold, tracking leader until over 4f out, chased leaders, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind My Target (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Upholland 8-1 (9-7) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon edged right, joined inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Like A Prayer (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bikini Club 33-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, last of 14, 21l behind The Silver Kebaya (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol.
Sound Of Life (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Dwelt, in rear and outpaced, 13th of 14, 15l behind The Silver Kebaya (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol.