SPARTILLA is making steady progress and, though he's a winner on the Fibresand, is perfectly at home on this surface. James Given's colt can return to winning ways in this modest company as his recent form is superior to that of Meet Joe Black, who was third in a claimer at Wolverhampton last time. The remaining opposition have no worthwhile form to speak of with Notnowstanley possibly the best of them, unless first-time blinkers bring about a big improvement in Skyblue.
Spartilla 5-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, chased winner over 3f out until ridden well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Miss Cato (8-7) at Southwell 1m 3yo sell stks (6) fbs.
Meet Joe Black (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) In touch, ridden 5f out, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Complex (8-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Graylyn Olivaa 200-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, last of 11, 15l behind Restaurateur (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Castalian Spring (IRE) 100-1 (8-6) Started slowly, always in rear, last of 10, 11l behind Russian Bullet (8-9) at Kempton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Skyblue 200-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 12, 31l behind Miriam's Song (8-12) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Notnowstanley 50-1 (8-0) Mid-division on outside, lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 10, 16l behind Guava (7-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
Cotes Du Rhone (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio, pushed along from halfway, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Priestley's Reward (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.