MONTE CINQ (NAP) has been competing in Class 2 sprints since winning his maiden over course and distance and was beaten less than a length at Lingfield last month. He’ll find this much easier and Clifford Lee’s 5lb allowance further helps his cause. Course and distance winner Dazacam also drops down in class and has the beating of Major Jumbo on collateral form. The latter won a lower grade race at Newcastle earlier but found Wild Approach too good at the same track last time and Bob Cowell’s progressive charge is preferred to the maiden winners Blitz and Ferocity.
Monte Cinq (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Ascot Day (8-10) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Dazacam 4-1 (8-9) In rear and in touch, chased winner inside final furlong, always well held, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Sutter County (9-0) at Newcastle 5f stks (3) pol in Feb.
Major Jumbo 8-11fav (9-6) Led, hung left and challenged throughout final furlong, headed closing stages, kept on, 2nd of 5, shd behind Wild Approach (8-7) at Newcastle 5f hcp (4) pol in Feb.
Blitz 5-2 (9-0) Broke well, led early, prominent, challenged and led again 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 5f mdn pol in Nov beating Idyllic Acrylic (9-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
Ferocity (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, not pace of front pair, lost 3rd towards finish, last of 5, 3 1/4l behind Tomily (9-0) at Lingfield 6f stks (3) pol in Feb.
Wild Approach (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Chased leader, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, led towards finish, all out, won at Newcastle 5f hcp (4) pol in Feb beating Major Jumbo (9-6) by shd, 5 ran.