A couple stand out in this year’s renewal with BANGKOK leading the way. The latter easily beat last year’s runner-up Court House in a recent Listed race over track and trip and broke the course record in the process. Andrew Balding’s colt had Dalgarno, 2018 winner Master The World and Pactolus further behind on that occasion and has the edge on today’s terms with his main rival Dubai Warrior. Frankie returns to partner the latter with a bold bid looking certain as he also beat stablemate Court House in Listed company here back in December and John Gosden sent out last year’s winner Wissahickon. Entangling has been in good form in handicaps but looks up against it on these terms.
Bangkok (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Always going well, went 2nd over 2f out, shaken up to lead 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Feb beating Court House (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Court House (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Always close up, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bangkok (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Dalgarno (FR) 6-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up in rear, pushed along, came wide straight and headway well over 1f out, took 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 11 1/2l behind Bangkok (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Dubai Warrior 8-11fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led 2f out, soon in command, comfortable, won at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Dec beating Court House (9-8) by 3 3/4l, 5 ran.
Entangling (IRE) 9-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon chasing winner, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Sky Defender (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (2) pol in Feb.
Master The World (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Held up and behind, pushed along over 3f out, no response, 5th of 7, 17 3/4l behind Bangkok (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.
Pactolus (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Held up on inside, pushed along over 4f out, switched right and effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, 4th of 7, 14 1/2l behind Bangkok (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Feb.