Plenty with claims in this judged on recent placed efforts but DAZZLING DARREN got his head in front at Chelmsford last time so the Irish raider may prove worth sticking with. Prince Percy and Bad Attitude were both placed on their respective handicap debuts with the former’s third over track and trip looking the stronger form while Sophar Sogood went close at Chelmsford back in October but returns to action off a 5lb higher mark. Saracen Star finished closer here last time when ahead of Critique and Sea Bright and is another to consider.
Prince Percy 9-2 (9-5) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Arabescato (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Sophar Sogood (IRE) 5-4fav (9-3) Early reminders, chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to challenge inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Goddess Of Fire (8-11) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f (6) pol in Oct.
Saracen Star 16-1 (8-12) Went right start, tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Mr Shady (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Bad Attitude 7-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, no impression on winner and eased well inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Kybosh (9-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (7) pol in Feb.
Dazzling Darren (IRE) 4-1 (8-0) Ridden away from stalls, chased leaders, progress to go 2nd over 4f out, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Chelmsford City 1m 2f stks (6) pol in Feb beating Lady Of York (9-13) by 1l, 11 ran.
Sea Bright 28-1 (8-2) Hampered start, towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 7l behind Mr Shady (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
American Dreamer 10-1 (8-7) Towards rear, some late minor headway, never on terms, 6th of 11, 5 3/4l behind Calidus Mirabilis (9-8) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Critique (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Raced wide held up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 6 3/4l behind Mr Shady (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Paint It Black 40-1 (9-5) Keen close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 19l behind Longsider (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Jan.
Zero Limits 40-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, outpaced on outside over 2f out, soon lost place, behind over 1f out, last of 7, 9l behind Elham Valley (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f stks (6) pol in Jan.