A host of out of form sorts go to post for this closing contest which should leave the way clear for KING CANUTE, Scruffy Skip and Granakey to fight out the finish and we side with the former. A course debutant, our gelding is far from bomb-proof but he promises to act on the surface through his breeding and he's got recent winning form which few of these can boast. That came over this trip at Kempton and a 5lb higher mark shouldn't make much difference against such modest rivals so if he goes at Southwell he'll go close to winning. Scruffy Skip certainly does act here and must enter calculations despite the fact he's climbed the weights in defeat. He took third over course and distance a couple of starts back before flying at the death over six, suggesting that this return to seven will serve him well, so he should take a hand in the finish despite the handicapper's best efforts to ensure otherwise. Granakey came up against a handicap snip on his penultimate start and lost nothing in defeat afterwards having only had a day to recover, so Ian Williams' charge must have claims off this mark; he's been rated much higher in the past. Crocodile Bay is now almost a stone lower than his last winning mark and that victory was here but it's a rapidly fading memory and the horse can be opposed now with similar comments applying to Motu, so those looking for each-way value could do worse than turn to Owed, whose penultimate third showed he has it in him if consenting to put it all together. Bajan Pride represents a red-hot yard but that shouldn't enable him to score here and we'll return to King Canute in the hope that this surface isn't a hindrance.
Crocodile Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Saddle slipped and rider lost irons soon after start, mid-division, never able to challenge, 10th of 15, 11l behind Union Jack Jackson (8-7) at Beverley 7f clm stks (5) gd in Aug.
King Canute (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 4l behind Woolston Ferry (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Bajan Pride 25-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 13, 13l behind Pendragon (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Haroldini (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Raced wide in rear, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 8l behind Royal Dignitary (9-8) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.
Scruffy Skip (IRE) 4-1fav (8-5) Chased leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon hung left, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 11, shd behind Captain Kallis (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Granakey (IRE) 7-2fav (8-5) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, hard ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Positivity (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.
Kingaroo (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 13, 29l behind Dragon Slayer (10-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.
Michael Collins (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Led 1f, with leaders, lost place over 4f out, weakened and eased over 2f out, last of 9, well behind Miss Bootylishes (8-9) at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Owed 12-1 (7-11) Led, ridden halfway, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 8l behind Captain Kallis (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Motu (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Lady Lam (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Misterisland (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 8l behind Royal Acclamation (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.