Canasta returns from a lay-off 6lb higher than an earlier success over a longer trip at Wolverhampton and Admodum's win came over 1m2f in December. Critical Thinking is best over 7f while Merweb disappointed over the latter trip at Newcastle last time and gets a change of headgear. Fares Poet has failed to build on an earlier second at Kempton but the application of a tongue-tie witnessed RIVER DAWN return to winning ways over course and distance last month and there could be more to come from him in the headgear.
Merweb (IRE) 5-1cfav (9-6) Chased leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6 3/4l behind Kind Review (8-13) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Fares Poet (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Bumped start, led 9f out, soon headed, stayed prominent, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Clem A (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Glory of Paris (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Chased leaders, edged right over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 11 1/4l behind Brains (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Admodum (USA) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, pushed along 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Noble Peace (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
River Dawn 13-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not clear run over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (5) pol in Jan beating Noble Peace (9-3) by hd, 8 ran.
Critical Thinking (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on inside, ridden and outpaced inside final furlong, never dangerous after, 5th of 9, 4 1/4l behind Knowing Glance (9-4) at Lingfield 7f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Canasta 5-2fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 6th of 14, 3 3/4l behind Admodum (8-11) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Dec.
Juanito Chico (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Double Martini (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Siege Of Boston (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Chookie Dunedin (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (5) pol in Feb.
Zhukovsky (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, outpaced by front pair from over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 5 3/4l behind Emraan (9-9) at Lingfield 1m stks (5) pol in Feb.