Not much to separate these on paper at least but a chance is taken on BORASCO ahead of War And Peace and Loose Caboose. David Barron's filly has had a relatively light campaign and might be able to put her freshness to good use by scoring on her first start at the track. A prominent racer with form on soft, this four-year-old was once a fair bit better than this level and connections will be disappointed if she can't go close here from an ideal draw. War And Peace represents a yard going pretty well and although this one remains a maiden his official rating of 68 not only looks justified, it's also one of the best on display and it would be no surprise to see him go close to victory today. Loose Caboose might prefer five furlongs but there's no doubt she likes it here and, as shown by a short head second off a pound higher back in October, the filly looks to be accurately rated by the handicapper. However, today's draw could've been kinder and with stamina an issue we look elsewhere for the winner. Cheap Thrills looked half decent at the start of the year but has become frustrating although this is surely the easiest assignment Jamie Osbourne's filly has faced and so despite having to answer questions with regard to the surface she merits a market check whilst Diane's Choice is consistent enough and could outrun her price. A trappy claimer that might go the way of Borasco.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Tourist (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Borasco (USA) 3-1fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Monashee Rock (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Angaric (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 9l behind Yorkshire Blue (8-7) at Redcar 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Cheap Thrills 16-1 (9-4) Went left start, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Partner (8-11) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Mango Music 8-1 (8-10) Pressed leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on to chase winner towards finish, always readily held, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Kingswinford (8-11) at Windsor 6f clm stks (6) gd in Oct.
War And Peace (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Prominent, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Bentley (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Swinbrook (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakening when hampered approaching 2f out, last of 9, 18l behind Billberry (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Capo Regime 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and edged left over 2f out, no impression 1f out, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Swiss Art (9-4) at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Diane's Choice 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Holyfield Warrior (8-8) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Inthawain 33-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 14l behind Diamond Blade (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Mocha Java 8-1 (8-13) Pulled hard, with leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Dancing Welcome (8-13) at Lingfield 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-58) (3yo+) (6) pol in Nov.