Onceaponatime and Whitbarrow look worthy opponents, but the vote goes to PREMIER LAD on this return to the track. With the yard in good form, the selection looks capable of running a big race off this new mark of 66. He started off life in handicaps rated 71 and if we forget about his latest Kempton effort then there is plenty of promise to be gleaned from his form. Not My Choice looks well-handicapped and he needs close inspection in the market, as does Gracie's Gift who has a habit of running well when favourite. Sherjawy and Charles Parnell join Loose Caboose as course regulars with a consistent level of form, whilst Cape Of Storms should strip fitter for a recent run behind Ponting who is turned out again this afternoon. Calmdownmate is badly drawn but the return to this trip is probably in his favour, a comment that might not apply to the strong stayer Whitbarrow. Onceaponatime bumped into a well-handicapped rival last time out and is able to race off the same mark.
Calmdownmate (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Held up, ridden and outpaced after 2f, not a danger after, last of 14, 16l behind Nickel Silver (9-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Dec.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 4-1fav (8-11) Held up, headway 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, not quicken well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Harlech Castle (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Whitbarrow (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Made most, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, won at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec beating Elusive Warrior (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Premier Lad 14-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 9l behind Perfect Act (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 15-2 (8-9) Prominent, soon pushed along, hard ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Total Impact (8-9) at Southwell 5f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, behind, not clearest of runs on inside well over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 6th of 12, 4l behind Forward Feline (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
First Order 12-1 (8-13) Pulled hard, held up behind leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on up no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Charlie Delta (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-63) (3yo+) (6) pol in Dec.
Not My Choice (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) With leaders, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Leading Edge (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Cape of Storms 16-1 (8-9) Raced wide close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 10l behind Ponting (8-5) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Chosen One (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Raced wide in the rear of mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd final 75 yards, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Absa Lutte (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Ponting (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden over 2f out, driven inside final furlong, held on well, won at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Confuchias (9-3) by nk, 10 ran.
Dancing Wave 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 7l behind Mr Funshine (8-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Gracie's Gift (IRE) 9-2fav (8-7) Held up in rear, still plenty to do 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd post, not reached winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Welcome Approach (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-63) (3yo+) (6) pol in Dec.
Sherjawy (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Soon crossed over from wide draw to track leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon challenged, driven and ran on towards finish, won at Kempton 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Cool Sands (9-3) by 3/4l, 12 ran.