ARDENT PRINCE is well in at the weights and comes here looking to back up a Lingfield victory, and is taken to do so largely at the expense of Pab Special and Herbert Crescent. Alan McCabe's charge took time to settle before winning that race and is certainly open to improvement. The step up in trip looks to be a positive and if you ignore his last run here and look at his previous efforts, you'll see he does handle this surface. When he blobbed here, it was due to being hampered at the start. Pab Special won here on his penultimate outing which was his first success at the 25th time of asking on the all-weather. He found one too good next out in a similar race, but is more than capable of taking this off his present mark. Herbert Crescent may be carrying too much after a rare success last time out on a switch from fibre sand to polytrack, but Ollie Pears and Jamie Moriarty are coming here for just this one race, which may be significant. Several have realistic claims, but Ardent Prince is the one we'll side with.
Bajan Pride 16-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened over 4f out, last of 6, 10l behind Riguez Dancer (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Herbert Crescent 7-1 (9-5) Close up, hanging left over 1f out, soon switched right, quickened well inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Lingfield 1m app hcp (6) pol in Jan beating Nikki Bea (8-9) by a hd, 9 ran.
Apotheosis 8-1 (10-0) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 13, 10l behind Love Pegasus (8-9) at Kempton 1m mdn stk (5) pol.
Forzarzi (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leader, every chance over 2f out, not much room well over 1f out, soon weakened, eased inside final furlong, 9th of 10, 24l behind Kensington (9-2) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Forbidden (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 13, nk behind Singleb (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f sll (6) pol in Jan.
Pab Special (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) In touch, led over 2f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Alf Tupper (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Stark Contrast (USA) 10-1 (8-6) Led, headed 7f out, chased leader, led well over 1f out, soon headed, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Plush (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Party In The Park 33-1 (9-1) Towards rear, brief effort over 1f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind Tender Process (9-4) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ardent Prince 8-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, effort from over 1f out, driven to lead well inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Loyal Royal (8-10) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Mont Cervin 16-1 (8-8) Soon led, headed over 2f out, not much room and slightly hampered over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind Mudhish (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Duneen Dream (USA) 15-2 (8-6) In touch, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 7l behind Jemiliah (8-9) at Salisbury 1m 3yo app hcp (6) gf in Jun.