Bocamix got his nose in front over track and trip in December at odds of 16/1. Today's rival HONEST STRIKE was less than a length away in third however and, as the latter is much more reliable, he's taken to reverse running and come out best on this occasion. Lakeman has been placed here more than once and has a decent shout off his current mark but Irish raider Waterloo Sunrise was winning his first race in 20 starts at Dundalk last time and is 7lb higher today. Turjuman went close at this track off a higher mark at this time last year and looks best of the rest.
Waterloo Sunrise (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway from 3f out, led 2f out and soon went clear, reduced advantage close home and all out near line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Buccaneer Bob (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lakota Ghost (USA) 15-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out until well inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Goldan Jess (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Lakeman (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 17l behind Honoured (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
State Senator (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Wom (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Turjuman (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Slowly away, behind, headway 10f out, chased leaders over 7f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 14, 10l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Bocamix (FR) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on to lead post, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs in Nov beating Dunaskin (8-7) by ns, 14 ran.
Honest Strike (USA) 5-2 (8-12) Took keen hold, soon tracking leading trio, ridden to dispute 3rd 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 4th close home, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Stentorian (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Corn Maiden 33-1 (8-7) Soon led, clear halfway, pushed along over 2f out, soon headed and weakened, 9th of 10, 8l behind Easydoesit (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.