The handicapper is finding it difficult to drop Echos Of Motivator in the weights as he's been running well without actually winning. Until he finally gets his head in front, he's worth taking on and MEDITERRANEAN SEA makes more appeal. She bids for a hat-trick off a 4lb higher mark after a couple of wins at this track and, given With Hindsight is unproven over today's longer trip and on the Fibresand and Straversjoy has done all his winning at Wolverhampton, John Jenkins' mare gets the nod. Today's distance is an unknown for Warwick winner Sergeant Troy and the remainder are hard to fancy.
Mediterranean Sea (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway on outer 3f out, ridden to lead when edged left over 1f out, driven out, held on gamely, won at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec beating Tobrata (9-3) by hd, 9 ran.
With Hindsight (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 5f out, weakened 4f out, last of 12, 48l behind Mount Abora (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Echos Of Motivator 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, driven and stayed on iinside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Kangaroo Court (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Sergeant Troy (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Nibani (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Straversjoy 11-2 (9-12) Tracked leading trio, ridden inside final 2f, one pace when hung left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Jamarjo (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Absolute Princess 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, hard driven over 3f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 9th of 10, 38l behind On The Cusp (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Kingaroo (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, struggling 4f out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Dunaskin (8-4) at Southwell 1m 3f Selling Handicap (0-60) (3yo+) (6) fbs in Dec.
Apassionforfashion 66-1 (9-7) Close up, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 39l behind Dubai Sunshine (8-6) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.