Grey Mirage had previous winner Alfred Hutchinson back in third when scoring here last month and also finished ahead of Verse Of Love when runner-up at Kempton earlier. But he's at his best when allowed to set the pace in small fields and has drawn the outside stall for this. George Guru and Bravo Echo are usually thereabouts at this level without being quite good enough and Frontier Fighter saves his best for Southwell. Georgian Bay continues to rise in the weights without winning while Forceful Appeal and Akfar are upped in class. HAWKEYETHENOO is a smart sprinter but can also count the Victoria Cup over 7f at Ascot amongst his previous successes and Jim Goldie's charge gets the vote to come good again in this.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on to go 2nd final strides, no threat to winner, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Tarooq (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Grey Mirage 7-4fav (9-0) Led until over 3f out, led again over 2f out, soon hard ridden, held on well, won at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol beating Chookie Royale (9-0) by hd, 6 ran.
Alfred Hutchinson 6-1 (9-0) Pulled hard early, tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Grey Mirage (9-0) at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Frontier Fighter 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, edged left well inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 6th of 9, 5l behind Star Links (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Georgian Bay (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Dwelt, soon tracking leaders, went 3rd going well over 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, ns behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Bravo Echo 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 5l behind Mont Ras (9-4) at Kempton 7f stks (3yo+) (2) pol in Dec.
George Guru 4-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, hung left when ridden to challenge entering final furlong, staying on same pace when hampered closing stages, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Birdman (8-10) at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol.
Clockmaker (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Chased leader, led approaching final 5f, pushed along and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Apostle (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Burning Blaze 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear, kept on final furlong, no impression, 8th of 16, 9l behind Majestic Moon (8-9) at Goodwood 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Aug.
Naabegha 8-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, last of 8, 6l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Verse Of Love 8-1 (9-3) Led, driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ridden and lost place inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Forceful Appeal (USA) 8-1 (9-4) In touch, headway over 1f out, soon challenging, stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Al's Memory (9-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Brocklebank (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Went right start, in rear, outpaced 4f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, never near leaders, 8th of 17, 13l behind Common Touch (9-4) at Ascot 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Afkar (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Shaolin (9-6) at Kempton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.