Raging Bear has been running well at Southwell and has won in soft ground before. My Destination was also placed at Southwell the last time he raced on the Flat, but the once useful Docofthebay looks on the downgrade. Cropley has the past form to figure, as does Frontline Phantom, though the latter hasn't raced since 2011. King Of The Celts would prefer faster going so a speculative vote goes to HECTOR'S CHANCE, a close-up second in soft ground at Sandown in September. The lightly-raced Henpecked could prove best of the rest on her reappearance.
Triple Eight (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Odin (10-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
King Of The Celts (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Keen led centre group until 3f out, ridden when weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 30l behind Creme Anglaise (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov.
Raging Bear (USA) 6-4 (9-0) Dwelt keen close up, effort to challenge over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Exclusive Waters (8-12) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Cropley (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Pulled hard in touch in rear, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 5, 32l behind Royal Dutch (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Hector's Chance 6-1 (9-2) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Certavi (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Magnolia Ridge (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, driven over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, no impression, 7th of 10, 5l behind Whitby Jet (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Pelmanism 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Tatting (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Docofthebay (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Took keen hold tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, edged right final furlong, 4th of 5, 23l behind A Little Bit Dusty (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
My Destination (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Frontline Phantom (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leader until over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 18l behind So Wise (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct '11.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Led to 3f out, soon pushed along, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Life And Times (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Henpecked 7-1 (8-13) In touch in rear, ridden 3f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Aramist (9-7) at Hamilton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.