The form of Clear Sailing's last run has not been franked and it may pay to side with MURFREESBORO in this open-looking seller. Derek Shaw's gelding is the highest-rated horse in the line-up, being officially rated 75. His recent form in claiming company hasn't been bad and having run well at this track in the past, he is expected to last home over this longer trip. The first two were clear in Clear Sailing's race last time and he must be considered however conceding at least 6lb to his rivals makes his task much tougher. Dancing Lyra represents a trainer in good form and has been competitive from marks in the 110's over hurdles and off marks in the 80's on the flat; if fit for this return and backed in the market, it might pay to take note. Bury Treasure and Piermarini have a bit to find at the weights, whilst Bavarica is consistent and drops in class, whilst Sheer Fantastic represents shrewd connections. A competitive seller, with preference for Murfreesboro.
Clear Sailing 13-8fav (8-13) Soon led, ridden over 2f, driven when headed over 1f, edged left entering final furlong, rallied close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Transmission (9-5) at Southwell 1m clm (6) fbs.
Competitor 33-1 (9-8) Soon prominent, close up over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Wind Flow (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f sll (6) pol in Dec.
Dancing Lyra 13-2 (8-11) Held up stand's side, ridden 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 16, 19l behind Exit Smiling (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Murfreesboro 11-4 (8-12) Tracked leader, driven to challenge approaching final furlong, found nil, 3rd of 4, 1/2l behind Jake The Snake (9-1) at Kempton 1m clm (6) pol.
Bury Treasure (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 12l behind King's Colour (8-12) at Great Leighs 1m app hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Piermarini 50-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 17l behind Ahlawy (9-0) at W'hampton 1m 1f sll (6) pol.
Sheer Fantastic 11-1 (8-12) Chased leaders to over 2f out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, well behind Cape Colony (9-7) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Tigerbythetale (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leader, every chance when hung left from 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 15, 18l behind Mail de Bievre (10-9) at Exeter 1m 5f nhf (5) sft in Dec (N.Hunt).
Bavarica 11-4 (9-7) Behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Samurai Warrior (9-0) at Great Leighs 1m 2f app hcp (6) pol.
The Slider 50-1 (8-13) Mid-division, driven along 4f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 11th of 13, 31l behind Jelly Mo (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll (6) pol in Sept.