Dubaianswer and Minortransgression both look high enough in the weights now and had no answer to On The Cusp here a week ago when the latter landed a C&D double. Another bold bid looks likely from him despite a penalty, but THE LOCK MASTER bounced back to form when runner-up over a longer trip here last week and is back on a winning mark. Mike Appleby's charge makes more appeal than last month's 7f winner St Oswald, who steps up a grade today and Nolecce, who sports first-time blinkers and has yet to win on this surface.
Dubaianswer 10-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, never able to challenge, 5th of 10, 10l behind On The Cusp (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
The Lock Master (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Xpres Maite (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
On The Cusp (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Made all, clear entering final furlong, driven out, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec beating Minortransgression (9-3) by 4l, 10 ran.
Minortransgression (USA) 3-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leader, effort entering final furlong, soon weakened, 2nd of 10, 4l behind On The Cusp (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
St Oswald 11-8 (9-9) With leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner and edged left over 1f out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Beautiful Day (9-10) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Dec.
Nolecce 14-1 (10-6) Went right start, always in rear, 10th of 13, 11l behind Archie Rice (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.