LUCKY MELLOR looks the solid option to go one better here ahead of Athwaab and Orchid Wing. The selection ran well here on Saturday when just held over the same trip and off the same mark might be able to go one better here under conditions that clearly suit. Athwaab rates a danger having won last time although today's drop back to five is enough reason to oppose the filly despite a 1lb higher mark looking fair. Orchid Wing needs monitoring for support making his handicap debut in modest company. Richard Fahey's colt hasn't yet encountered this surface though and so has it all to prove here despite being of some interest. Italian Tom looks well treated on his last win back in September and as that came on soft ground there is hope he'll take to this surface whilst Caramelita may be suited by stepping down to five furlongs for the first time and has been running well. A reasonably competitive start to racing that can go the way of Lucky Mellor.
Italian Tom (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Went left start, held up, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Imjin River (8-13) at Kempton 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Lucky Mellor 9-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, pressed leader 2f out, driven to lead 1f out, headed final strides, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Point To Prove (8-2) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Caramelita 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Key Light (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Athwaab 10-1 (9-4) Steadied start, pulled hard in rear, hampered halfway, headway entering final 2f, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep beating Wing Of Faith (8-8) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Orchid Wing 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 15, 6l behind Adventure Story (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Baby Judge (IRE) 17-2 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened and eased final furlong, 9th of 11, 11l behind Cape Kimberley (9-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Redoubtable Grace 66-1 (9-3) Outpaced and always behind, last of 8, 22l behind Youcanalwaysdream (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Nidamar 66-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, soon beaten, last of 11, 18l behind Angie's Nap (8-5) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Sep.