A modest affair which should be within reach of SUSHITAN who is preferred to Zafranager and French Hollow. Both Gary Moore and Tony Carroll have their strings in good form at present and Sushitan and the higher rated Zafranagar may be the two to concentrate on. The latter landed a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the season and produced another sound performance on his latest start. He's been off since but should be straight enough and merits respect on his return to racing on the level having shown improved form over obstacles in the interim. Sushitan has a couple of pieces of form to his name over course and distance including a creditable third behind Souter Point in a maiden last July. He has something to find at the weights but may be worth another chance with his yard in such good form. French Hollow is rated his superior and is also open to improvement after just three starts on the level in which he has impressed. The front two pulled a long way clear of the field on his latest run at Wolverhampton and he may well go one better. The newcomers need to be monitored for signs of market confidence but the three aforementioned runners set a fair standard and could dominate this contest; marginal preference is for Sushitan.
Cashpoint 4-1 (11-6) Soon tracking leaders, led 5f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 24l behind Lucky Sunny (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
French Hollow 10-1 (9-8) Held up, good headway over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, soon edged right, stayed on inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, hd behind Inflammable (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Sushitan (GER) 9-1 (9-7) Keen hold and prominent, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 4l behind Gargano (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Zafranagar (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Held up, ridden and some headway 3f out, no impression after, 7th of 13, 50l behind Bruton Street (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Nov.
Flannel (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven and effort over 3f out, hard ridden and hung left over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Cozy Tiger (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Juniper Prince Haafhd gelding out of Clara Vale.
Kindlelight Sun (JPN) King Kamehameha gelding out of Nicer.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 8-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, always behind, 11th of 13, 9l behind Turkish Sultan (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Jolly Cooper 50-1 (9-2) Dwelt, soon in touch, under pressure 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 20l behind Buxted (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Lady Champagne 40-1 (8-3) In touch on outside, ridden and outpaced well over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 7, 6l behind Mehendi (8-8) at Southwell 1m 3f app mdn stks (6) fbs.