Ghostwing reserves his best for Southwell nowadays but Black Baccara can't be ignored turned out again only three days after finishing third in similar company at Wolverhampton. This is Bilko Pak's level but he has shown nothing in two starts since returning from a break while Le King Beau and AYE AYE DIGBY have an absence to overcome. The latter did win on his only previous start on Polytrack, however, and has generally competed at a higher level than this. It may be worth taking a risk on the seven-year-old's state of readiness as Diamond Vine has been a bit below par on turf lately and has a bit to find at the weights here.
Aye Aye Digby (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, held on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Royal Intruder (8-13) by 1l, 11 ran.
Diamond Vine (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Behind, ridden 2f out, some late headway, never on terms, 8th of 16, 13l behind Divine Call (9-4) at Warwick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Ghostwing 14-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, no impression when ridden and carried head high over 1f out, last of 14, 8l behind Rafaaf (9-4) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Bilko Pak (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up, switched right over 1f out, no impression, 10th of 11, 9l behind Loyal N Trusted (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Black Baccara 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 1f out, stayed on, not pace of leaders, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lesley's Choice (9-10) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Le King Beau (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Close up on inside, effort to chase leaders 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out until no extra inside final furlong, lost 4th post, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Gabrial's Bounty (8-13) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.