KACHY hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Ascot in June but he still has leading claims on these terms, despite conceding plenty of weight, and goes well fresh having landed a Listed event at the All-Weather Sprint Championships over course and distance last year. Both last year’s runner-up Merhoob and the disappointing Tinto finished behind third-placed Lady Dancealot in Listed company here a fortnight ago while the remainder have been handicapping and are closely matched at the weights. Total Commitment finished just ahead of Lady Dancealot here last month while Harry's Bar won at Kempton in December and Mohareb won over 7f at the track in the same month.
Kachy 33-1 (9-3) Fast away and good speed to lead, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, soon not pace of winner, lost 2nd inside final 150 yards, kept on for 3rd, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Blue Point (9-3) at Ascot 6f Grp 1 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Tinto 6-1 (9-0) Held up, progress on inside over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 6th of 7, 6l behind Good Effort (9-0) at Lingfield 6f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Merhoob (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, pushed along well over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Good Effort (9-0) at Lingfield 6f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Harry's Bar 9-4 (9-2) Chased leaders, effort on inside when not much room 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held and lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 5, 1/4l behind Straight Right (9-2) at Kempton 6f stks (2) pol in Jan.
Lady Dancealot (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up and behind, switched right well over 1f out, pushed along and headway just over 1f out, took 3rd well inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Good Effort (9-0) at Lingfield 6f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Total Commitment (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leading pair but 3 lengths down, pushed along 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Fizzy Feet (8-11) at Lingfield 6f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Mohareb 13-8fav (9-5) Held up, headway chasing leaders over 1f out, trying to challenge between horses when badly hampered inside final furlong, kept on but not recover, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Gamgoom (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (3) pol in Feb.