BEE STINGER is our recommendation with Fujin Dancer and The Dial House representing the most obvious dangers. The selection really caught the eye with a stout staying performance at Wolverhampton last time out and having proven form at the course, we are happy to row in again this afternoon. Fujin Dancer mixes hurdling with the flat. He probably needed the run last time out so we can expect better today. Jamie Osborne often targets races of this nature so The Dial House enters calculations. He is with the tongue strap for the first time. Dream Of Fortune is not particularly favoured at these weights though he has run two respectable races in as many weeks at this course. Rapid City won this race last year and reverts back to the flat after a fruitless foray over the hurdles. Mick Easterby's horses are in particularly good form at present so watch the market in relation to Realism. Although a dual scorer at Southwell, he will not have been sent on the long journey South for no reason whatsoever. Binnion Bay won a handicap off a mark of 50 and has more to do this afternoon. Having considered the alternatives, Bee Stinger seems to be the best option.
Dream of Fortune (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Held up, headway to track leaders over 2f out, good run on inside to lead entering final 2f, headed inside final furlong, not much room when held towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Full Toss (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol.
Fujin Dancer (FR) 8-1 (8-1) Soon back in mid-division, headway on outside over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Clear Sailing (8-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks 0-70 (5) pol.
Rapid City 11-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway on outer from 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 12l behind King Of Connacht (8-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Western Roots 80-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 33l behind Iron Out (10-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Amateur Handicap (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.
The Dial House 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 13, 17l behind Giant Sequoia (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Binnion Bay (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 1f out, switched left and ran on to lead final strides, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol beating Felicia (8-10) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Ross Moor 40-1 (9-0) Slowly away, held up and always in rear, 12th of 13, 6l behind Chalice Welcome (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Atacama Sunrise 20-1 (8-9) Always in rear, 9th of 11, 24l behind Day Of The Eagle (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Bee Stinger 15-8fav (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, stayed on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol beating Acropolis (9-0) by 4l, 6 ran.
Realism (FR) 25-1 (8-11) Behind, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 20l behind Eseej (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Oct.
General Feeling (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) In touch until lost place 5f out, 10th of 11, 16l behind Ten Pole Tudor (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Saharan Royal 25-1 (8-10) Soon close up on inner, weakened quickly 2f out, last of 11, 20l behind Best In Class (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.