A trappy amateurs' handicap for starters but BRASINGAMAN ERIC has shown improved form with each run this term and only succumbed by a head here last time over 2f less. A winner over this trip, a repeat of that latest effort would see him take this. Three White Socks houses some fair form but does tend to reserve his best for the Southwell fibresand where all three career successes have arrived. He'll probably go well enough for Brian Ellison but recent Catterick winner, Jan Smuts, looks a stronger threat on that notably improved effort. Course and distance winner Talk Of Saafend is fit from jumping and rates a noteworthy contender too.
Three White Socks (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ran in snatches, driven 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 27l behind Anna's Arch (9-1) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Apr.
Brasingaman Eric 4-1fav (8-11) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, just held close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Kingarrick (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Frosty Berry 33-1 (10-6) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, headway 2f out, no impression soon after, 7th of 16, 8l behind Yeomanoftheguard (10-4) at Doncaster 1m 4f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) sft in Mar.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Behind, driven over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 13l behind Hawdyerwheesht (9-5) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Held up, headway 3f out, effort over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf beating Kodicil (9-4) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Summerlea (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 7, nk behind White Deer (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) gf in Jun '11.
Lyric Poet (USA) 33-1 (9-4) Held up behind, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 9th of 13, 16l behind Naburn (9-6) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Grandad Bill (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Led, headed 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 19l behind The Oil Magnate (9-13) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep '11.
Grand Art (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 28l behind Jan Smuts (8-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Terenzium (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 12, 4l behind Cool Baranca (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Goodlukin Lucy 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, led over 8f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 24l behind Cool Baranca (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.
Rare Coincidence 40-1 (9-5) Led, headed over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, 35l behind Blue Zealot (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.