Typically competitive fare for starters and THE NAME IS FRANK gets our verdict with Colombard and Thoughtsofstardom worthy of respect. The booking of Eddie Ahern aboard Mark Gillard's charge seems an interesting one and with the yard among the winners last week, we are hopeful of a big run today. Colombard represents the in form Pat Morris. He ran respectably enough last time out in plating grade. Thoughtsofstardom was a recent scorer at Southwell. He gets on well with Kelly Harrison and anything is possible. Miss Firefly made good headway from a tardy start at Wolverhampton and is back to a winnable mark. Commandingpresence has placed off this mark in the past and has place claims again today. Lady Trish makes her first foray into handicap company. Only A Game has dropped down the weights over the last few months though has a horror draw to work from. The Name Is Frank has plenty of positives in this race and he rates a confident choice.
Thoughtsofstardom 3-1fav (8-11) Prominent, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 5f hcp (6) fbs beating Head To Head (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
The Name Is Frank 11-4fav (8-13) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 6th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Triskaidekaphobia (8-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Only A Game (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Raced wide, held up, smooth headway to track leaders over 1f out, ridden to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Danum Dancer (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Sorrel Point 40-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway under pressure approaching final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Nacho Libre (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Miss Firefly 15-2 (8-10) In rear, edged left halfway, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 13, 6l behind Nacho Libre (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Colombard (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Behind, pushed along 3f out, headway on outside and ran on inside final furlong, not pace to reach leaders, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Buy On The Red (9-4) at Lingfield 5f sell stks (6) pol.
Bountiful Bay 33-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 6l behind Diamond Fire (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-52) (3yo+) (6) pol in Nov.
Lady Trish 66-1 (8-6) Led, saddle soon slipped, headed well over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 19l behind Lord Fidelio (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Commandingpresence (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Mid division, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 9l behind Topcroft (9-1) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Nawaaff 6-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden inside final furlong, one pace, 5th of 9, 3l behind Best One (8-13) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Stormburst (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Raced wide, held up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 5l behind Cheery Cat (8-7) at Lingfield 6f app hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Easy Wonder (GER) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway and ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Diamond Fire (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-52) (3yo+) (6) pol in Nov.