A case can be made for all but JACK FLASH is arguably the one with most room for progression and can back up a hard-fought Lingfield maiden success last month. That was his first run for his current stable, having displayed plenty of promise for Ger Lyons in respectable Irish maiden company as a juvenile. His rider takes off a valuable 5lb and the son of Dark Angel can progress again and prove too good for this opposition. Alkashaaf and Arzaak are closely matched on previous running and demand attention, as does Hotfill who shaped well when runner-up here in similar company last time when runner-up to Spinwheel. He handles the synthetic surface here well and can emerge as the prime danger.
Alkashaaf (USA) 7-2jfav (9-4) Awkwardly away and slightly hampered start, switched right and mid-division on inside, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and one pace in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Marquee Club (9-7) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Jack Flash (FR) 9-2 (8-12) Made all, ridden and pressed inside final furlong, ran on gamely, won at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Dark Destroyer (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Arzaak (IRE) 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Roman Navigator (8-12) at Chelmsford City 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Things Happen 5-2fav (8-10) Went left start, tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no extra and lost 4th close home, 5th of 11, 6 3/4l behind Espresso Freddo (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (6) pol in Jan.
Trick Of The Lyte (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 6 1/2l behind Mutahaady (9-6) at Hamilton 6f (5) gs in Sep.
Hotfill 3-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Spinwheel (9-4) at Newcastle 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Mr Strutter (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Keen, close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Cappananty Con (9-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan.