headway from outside to lead over 8f out and set steady pace, pushed along over 2f out, came centre in straight, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, wandered and weakened final 100 yards
Unit of Assessment finally opened his account when successful at Wolverhampton recently having slipped down the weights but Buckland Beau is preferred on a recent narrow-margin defeat over track and trip. Captain Pugwash won over 7f here last month but has plenty to prove over today’s distance while Squire ran well at Lingfield in between poor efforts at Kempton. MULLARKEY (NAP) scored over course and distance on his penultimate start but had his way blocked at Kempton last time when about to make a challenge. He’s worth another chance with normal luck in-running and gets the nod.
Cape Banjo (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 7f out, headed 4f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened, last of 7, 12 3/4l behind Graceful James (9-7) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Aug.
Mullarkey 11-2 (9-5) Close up, ridden over 2f out, keeping on same pace when short of room over 1f out, 7th of 13, 5 1/4l behind Deeley's Double (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Native Soldier (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always behind, never on terms, last of 8, 11 1/4l behind Espresso Freddo (9-8) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Topamichi 11-2 (9-4) Went right start, raced wide early, headway to lead 8f out, headed inside final 2f, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 6 1/4l behind Epitaph (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Buckland Beau 3-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Lazarus (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Squire 25-1 (9-4) Keen raced wide prominent, led over 7f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 13, 10 1/4l behind Deeley's Double (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Unit of Assessment (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Went left start, held up in mid-division, closed quickly on leader 2f out, led soon after and went clear over 1f out, soon ridden and stayed on, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Jan beating Berlusca (9-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Captain Pugwash (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, 5th and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Baltic Prince (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Oceanus (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Raced wide close up, ridden 3 out, pressed leader next, led briefly bend before last, lost moderate 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Oxford Blu (10-12) at Fakenham 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Raven Banner (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Raced in 7th early, soon 10th, no extra from over 1f out, 12th of 14, 20 1/2l behind Sharjah (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Zoffany Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Ban Shoof (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
My Fantasea (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up, headway 5f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 8 1/4l behind Pass The Cristal (9-1) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Crindle Carr (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Held up off the pace in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, plugged on, no threat, 4th of 11, 6 1/2l behind Argus (10-1) at Kempton 2m hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Ember's Glow 25-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 13 1/2l behind Lazarus (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.