Al Raqeeb made a winning debut at Lingfield but the the runner-up has let the form down since. He has some catching up to do with ASHAMALY, who landed the odds with the minimum of fuss at Wolverhampton last time and looks the one to beat. Fortinbrass is struggling to make his mark in handicaps and Sherinn came up short on her handicap debut at Lingfield. Overrider landed a maiden in December but Black Dave makes more appeal as he beat Wotabooty, who runs in the previous race, before following up at Lingfield last time.
Ashamaly 4-9fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, soon shaken up to go clear, easily, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Red Gift (8-11) by 3l, 3 ran.
Fortinbrass (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders until outpaced over 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, kept on under pressure final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 6, 2 1/2l behind Rene Mathis (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Al Raqeeb (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leading pair, led over 1f out, driven out final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Pategonia (9-13) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Overrider 4-5fav (9-3) Made all, driven clear well over 1f out, very easily, eased close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Dec beating Rosie Rebel (8-12) by 7l, 7 ran.
Sherinn 7-1 (8-10) Held up behind in touch, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Hipster (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Black Dave (IRE) 7-4fav (9-9) Made virtually all, ridden over 1f out, held on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Holding Fast (8-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.