Zylan finished in front of Samovar when landing last year’s renewal but fell victim to Katheefa over track and trip last month. The latter faced a tough task here last time and better is expected from him while the progressive Nigel Nott shrugged off a penalty in novice company at Lingfield to land a double over the minimum trip and debuts on the Fibresand. But SANDRIDGE LAD notched-up a hat-trick of course and distance successes with last week’s victory and John Ryan’s charge looks worth sticking with in his current form.
Zylan (IRE) 7-2 (8-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Gulliver (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Katheefa (USA) 10-3 (8-7) Broke well, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6 3/4l behind Gulliver (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Sandridge Lad (IRE) 8-11fav (9-4) With leader, led well over 2f out, hard driven inside final furlong, kept on well closing stages, won at Southwell 6f hcp (4) pol in Feb beating Robero (9-3) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Nigel Nott 4-6fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, just held on, won at Lingfield 5f stks (5) pol in Jan beating Dana Forever (8-6) by hd, 5 ran.
Samovar 12-1 (8-8) In touch towards stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Astro Jakk (9-1) at Southwell 5f hcp (2) pol in Feb.