PIVOTAL FLAME won a division of this race last year and connections look to strike again while the iron is hot having won again here earlier in the week. He’s taken to defy a penalty in a tight opening contest. Narjes had Turn Of Luck back in third when successful over course and distance a fortnight ago and both has every chance today given the latter has subsequently gone close at Kempton. Global Wonder finished in front of New Street when runner-up over track and trip last time and could also be thereabouts at the finish with the remainder making less appeal.
Pivotal Flame (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) In touch, headway to chase leader entering final furlong, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan beating Rare (9-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Narjes 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders 3f, close up 7f out, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Lucky's Dream (8-13) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Global Wonder (IRE) 6-4fav (9-7) Taken to post early, headway 2f out, effort entering final furlong, ridden and no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Jafetica (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Viento De Condor (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Dwelt in rear, pushed along and short of room over 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 18 1/2l behind Let Rip (9-3) at Lingfield 1m stks (5) pol in Dec.
Turn Of Luck (IRE) 3-1jfav (9-3) Led, edged left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Sir Prize (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Freebe Rocks (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 6 1/2l behind Storm Melody (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Natch 25-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, driven over 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 17 1/4l behind Ice Canyon (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Middlescence (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Led, clear 10f out, in creased lead 5f out, reduced lead over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, last of 9, 16 1/2l behind Pivotal Flame (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
New Street (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 4 3/4l behind Jafetica (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Shanakill Star (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 21l behind Margub (9-2) at Chelmsford City 7f stks (5) pol in Jul.