Hurricane Spirit is weighted to come out best having won a similar contest at Lingfield last month with Hierarch back in sixth. He's sure to go close again but SAHARIA is preferred. The C&D winner has looked a shade high in the handicap since scoring at Wolverhampton in September and today's drop in class can see him back to winning ways. April Fool also has claims if back to his best but Minortrangression has done all his winning on the Fibresand at Southwell so far.
Saharia (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Cut Across (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
April Fool 5-1 (8-12) Led until over 2f out, rallied approaching final furlong, weakened close home, 4th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Al's Memory (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hierarch (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead narrowly well inside final furlong, headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Travelling (9-4) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Minortransgression (USA) 50-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 14, 6l behind Good Luck Charm (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Hurricane Spirit (IRE) 5-1 (7-13) Raced keenly, led after 1f, made rest, clear when ridden 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Lingfield 1m clm stks (5) pol in Dec beating One Way Or Another (8-4) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Noble Ord 6-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Temuco (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.