WILY FOX won a Lingfield maiden in February and has only found one too good in handicap company at Brighton in his last two starts. Getting 4lb, James Eustace's charge is preferred to penalised Newbury winner Strike Force who is better over shorter trips. Squad has been well beaten in his last two starts but wouldn't be far away if recapturing his best form and makes more appeal than the mare Bavarica, who looks to be on the downgrade.
Strike Force 20-1 (10-7) Behind, still plenty to do over 3f out, headway on outside 2f out, strong run to lead inside final furlong, won going away, won at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf beating Miss Bounty (10-1) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Wily Fox 5-2 (9-1) Led at decent pace, ridden and headed over 2f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Milnagavie (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Squad 16-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 21l behind Seaside Sizzler (9-5) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Bavarica 20-1 (10-5) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, took closer order on outside over 6f out, pushed along well over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 9l behind Stand Guard (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f Amateur Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) (6) pol.
Gamedor (FR) 9-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 19l behind Silent Act (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) std in Aug.
Diamond Twister (USA) 11-2 (8-10) Raced in rear, outpaced over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Where's Susie (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Just Observing 7-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Trouble Mountain (8-7) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun '09.
Miss Whippy 6-1 (8-11) Flashed tail leaving stalls, chased winner until 7f out, stayed 3rd, ridden and flashed tail over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 22l behind Port Hill (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.