Bavarian Princess got the better of Striker Torres over track and trip in November and that pair are closely matched here, but LASTKINGOFSCOTLAND may prove too good for them both. Conor Dore's charge remains in good heart having won at Lingfield last time with Twice Red behind and he beat another of today's rivals in Double Carpet over C&D earlier in the month. Sole Danser has claims on his form in maiden company last summer and could figure on his first start for a new yard, while Wigram's Turn isn't out of this judged on last month's victory at this track.
Bavarian Princess (USA) 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort on inside 2f out, ridden and every chance when hung left over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Frequency (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Lastkingofscotland (IRE) 3-1 (8-6) Soon led, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol beating Lutine Charlie (8-2) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Striker Torres (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, ridden clear over 1f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Bavarian Princess (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct.
Sole Danser (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Went left start, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Thatcherite (9-3) at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Jul.
Istiqdaam 22-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 13l behind Bawaardi (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (6) pol.
Bahamian Lad 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Tislaam (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Wigram's Turn (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 7th of 9, 3l behind Scottish Glen (9-2) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Barista (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 11, 2l behind Watts Up Son (8-11) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Nov.
Hawk Moth (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Started slowly, towards rear, pushed along inside final 3f, ridden and hung left over 1f out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 5l behind Sound Amigo (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Twice Red 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, held when short of room close home, 7th of 9, 4l behind Lastkingofscotland (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Royal Box 15-2 (8-6) Prominent, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace form over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Stevie Gee (8-6) at Kempton 6f clm stks 0-75 (6) pol.
Double Carpet (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, lost place and dropped to rear over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.