The trio for the shortlist in this handicap are POET'S PLACE, Charles Parnell and Gentle Guru with the vote given to Poet's Place. The selection won a maiden in good style on his racecourse debut over this course and distance and he looks to have been given a fair mark for his handicap bow. Charles Parnell is a seasoned handicapper who got back to winning ways last time out when he beat Onceuponatime over this course and distance last month. He has won off a higher mark than this in the past so a strong case can be made for him. Gentle Guru ran a fair race behind Harlech Castle and Onceuponatime when last seen out on her debut on this surface. However, on a strict form line through Onceuponatime she looks to have a bit to find with Charles Parnell. Came Back does have course and distance winning form but he has run appallingly on his last two starts and he looks one to swerve at present. Ponting won well last time but he has more on his plate off his revised mark. There should be plenty more to come from Poet's Place who can make a winning handicap debut.
Poet's Place (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, clear final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec beating Bandstand (9-3) by 4l, 8 ran.
Came Back (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, weakened well over 1f out, last of 13, 27l behind Divine Force (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
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.
Charles Parnell (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway when not clear run 2f out to over 1f out, switched right and ridden approaching final furlong, ran on well to lead towards finish, won at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan beating Onceaponatime (9-2) by 1l, 13 ran.
Ponting (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Made all, ridden and hung left 2f out, ran on well, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan beating Not My Choice (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Guto 10-1 (9-0) Pressed leaders on stands rail, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 11l behind Monte Major (8-3) at Southwell 5f Apprentice Claiming Stakes (0-70) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Jan.
Gentle Guru 25-1 (8-10) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Harlech Castle (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.