Beauchamp Xerxes has plummeted down the weights and finally took advantage at Lingfield last week. He remains on a winning mark if handling the track while Slewtoo has also slid down the handicap and makes his seasonal and Fibresand debut for a new yard. SOFIAS NUMBER ONE is yet another on a decent mark compared to his best form having obliged at Wolverhampton last time. His proven form on this surface gives him an edge and Roy Bowring's charge gets the vote. Bentley went close over 7f here last month beating Bonnie Prince Blue and Tenancy in the process and the course and distance winner looks best of the remainder.
Beauchamp Xerxes 6-1 (9-2) Made most, 3 lengths clear halfway, increased lead 2f out, edged left over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar beating Amber Moon (8-7) by 7l, 9 ran.
Slewtoo 66-1 (8-9) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 29l behind On The Hoof (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Sofias Number One (USA) 9-2 (9-2) Made all, clear over 3f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar beating Akarana (9-7) by 3l, 7 ran.
Bentley 5-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 6th of 8, 6l behind Daniel Thomas (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Tony Hollis 12-1 (8-10) Held up in mid-division, ridden and lost place over 3f out, well beaten when not much room over 1f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Inffiraaj (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Nov.
Bonnie Prince Blue 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, outpaced halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, one pace towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Mucky Molly (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Mar.
McConnell (USA) 9-4 (9-2) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway to take 3rd place over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Putin (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-68 (6) fbs in Mar.
Chez Vrony 6-1 (9-3) Led early, tracked leader, every chance over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 10th of 11, 5l behind Rigid (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Tenancy (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Divertimenti (9-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-68 (6) fbs in Mar.
General Tufto 50-1 (8-13) In rear, ridden 5f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 24l behind Jack Dawkins (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.