In a competitive finale, many can be considered. For what it's worth, Larky's Lob is selected ahead of Rock Fever and Lady Pekan. A course and distance winner, the selection is back to below a course and distance winning mark and has shown enough of late to be granted some thought. Times Review's best recent run, over course and distance, gives him claims, while Taboor has been knocking at the door from around today's mark and can't be ruled out of going well. Nova Tor can be considered based on course and distance claiming wins of last March and April, while Lady Pekan has form enough over the last year to be given a shout. Rock Fever holds claims based on his back-to-form Lingfield win last time, Secret Vision holds place claims based on November/December form, Blue Power can't be ruled out on his best bits of form, and Stephanie's Mind can't be ruled out at best, although she's more out than in these days. You get the picture as to how competitive it is? That said, we have to make a choice, which is Larky's Lob.
Clearing Sky (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Bollin Billy (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Larky's Lob 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, driven halfway, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Maktavish (9-7) at Southwell 5f app clm (6) fbs.
Taboor (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Dwelt, soon in touch, headway going well 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed close home, 4th of 12, 1l behind Bollin Billy (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Montillia (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 2f out, soon hampered and weakened, last of 11, 17l behind Hollow Jo (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Nova Tor (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, ridden and headway well over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Trouble Maker (9-4) at W'hampton 6f banded stk (7) pol.
Lady Pekan 10-1 (9-2) Led, headed halfway, hung left over 1f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 7l behind Amanda's Lad (9-5) at Southwell 5f banded stk (7) fbs.
Rock Fever (IRE) 14-1 (8-4) Always prominent, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 5f banded stk (7) pol in Dec beating Legal Set (8-4) by a hd, 9 ran.
Secret Vision (USA) 9-2jt-fav (9-0) Bumped start, soon chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 7l behind Miracle Ridge (8-13) at Southwell 5f banded stk (7) fbs.