Sacha Park lost his maiden tag in a class 6 event at Lingfield and is to be ridden by a 7lb claimer. Stars Above Me showed the benefit of her opening run by making most over 6f at Leicester and this stiff 5f should hold no terrors. Desert Ace competed in decent handicaps after a comfortable maiden success on this track and would appreciate any more rain as would Montaigne, who made a pleasing return behind Stomp at Windsor with Desert Ace close behind. Pushkin Museum won a couple of minor Polytrack handicaps before put in his place by Oriental Relation at Southwell while Flying Bear looked in need of quicker ground on his reappearance at Nottingham. Charles Molson makes his handicap debut and looks high enough in the weights so an each-way selection in an open race is ECCLESTON. Now with David O'Meara, he scored on his debut for Richard Fahey last May before ending the campaign with a fine run behind his then-stablemate Peniaphobia in the Wetherbys Super Sprint.
Hay Chewed (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, driven 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 13l behind Hot Streak (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Charles Molson 13-8 (8-8) Keen early tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 4, 2l behind Expert (8-8) at Newmarket 6f cond stks (3) sft in Nov.
Sacha Park (IRE) 2-5fav (8-12) Made all, hard ridden when strongly challenged entering final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol beating Three Peaks (8-12) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Stars Above Me 7-4fav (8-2) Made all centre group, ridden over 1f out, held on well, won at Leicester 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Sep beating Invincible Strike (9-3) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Eccleston 16-1 (8-4) Raced centre, towards rear, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 6th of 24, 4 1/2l behind Peniaphobia (8-8) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gf in Jul.
Desert Ace (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Stomp (8-9) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Scruffy Tramp (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Prominent, pushed along halfway, soon hung right and weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 6, 42l behind Mick's Yer Man (9-4) at Leicester 6f con stks (3) gs.
Kickboxer (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Started slowly, behind, pushed along on inside over 2f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, went never dangerous 5th inside final furlong until close home, 6th of 12, 6l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Montaigne 8-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Stomp (8-9) at Windsor 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Pushkin Museum (IRE) 13-8 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Oriental Relation (9-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Flying Bear (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Raced in centre, held up, switched towards near side halfway, never on terms, 7th of 11, 7l behind Signore Piccolo (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Spreadable (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway on inner approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Major Crispies (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.