EPIC BATTLE picked up where he left off on his return from over a year's absence. He scored at Lingfield earlier this month and has plenty of scope for further improvement. Laudate Dominum is looking to perform the same feat as the selection as she won at Beverley when last seen at the track in September last year. Incendo went close over a longer trip here last week and can figure along with Berlusca, who finished ahead of Ishikawa when runner-up over a slightly shorter trip a fortnight ago. Lean On Pete carries a penalty for his recent course and distance victory but should still go well.
Lean On Pete (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, wide entering straight, driven and ran on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Brockfield (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Berlusca (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Close up, not clear run 2f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ishikawa (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 6l behind Silverware (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Incendo 12-1 (9-10) Rider removed hood late dwelt in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Knockgraffon Lad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Epic Battle (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Slowly away, towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Mystery Bet (9-2) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Laudate Dominum (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Beverley 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep '12 beating Naalatt (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Tatting 9-2 (9-2) Slowly away, in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Landau (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.