This is ARMY OF STARS' first try on the Fibresand but his overall form looks superior to that of his rivals and, getting weight all round, he will surely prevail if handling the surface. Ace Of Spies has won twice over 6f around here but stays further and is the one most likely to profit if Jamie Osborne's charge fails to deliver as Elusive Warrior has disappointed on his last two starts. William Morgan won a seller over a mile here last month but may find this shorter distance against him and also faces a stiff task at the weights.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders on inside, driven over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Athaakeel (9-1) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 10-1 (9-0) With leader until ridden 3f out, 10th of 12, 11l behind Salerosa (9-7) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
William Morgan (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Chased leaders, progress over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Dec beating Crocodile Bay (9-4) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Army of Stars (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Prominent, led 5f out, narrowly headed 2f out, chased leader and still every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Hellbender (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.