Lord P was an impressive winner on his handicap debut at Southwell last month and he then followed up with a bit in hand at Kempton, scoring with more authority than the winning margin of three-quarters of a length would suggest. The rapid headway Lord P made from the rear to pick things up inside the final furlong marked him down as a well-handicapped horse, and a 5 lb rise in the weights should not be enough to stop him completing the hat-trick.
He remains unexposed after only five starts, the step up to seven furlongs should not be a problem and he has confirmed his effectiveness on the surface, so Lord P has plenty in his favour.
Bingo d’Olivate took a step back in the right direction when finishing runner-up at Newcastle in December, finding only a last-time-out winner too strong with the pair clear of the third. He then shaped much better than the bare result would suggest at Uttoxeter last time, travelling fluently and finishing well to grab third having been held up off a steady gallop. That effort confirmed he is in decent heart and capable of winning from this sort of mark granted more favourable circumstances, and leading rider Brian Hughes takes the mount this time.
Mr Mac went close at Lingfield on his penultimate outing, beaten less than a length in third, and he also looked in decent form at the same course last time, finishing only sixth but faring best of those who were held up. A steady tempo meant it was a disadvantage to race towards the rear, but Mr Mac finished well, suggesting that he is on a fair mark when things drop right. This is not a strong contest and Mr Mac looks to hold solid claims.