Hamoody arrives in fine form and comes out best at the weights on today's terms. But the multiple Polytrack winner has yet to race on this unique surface and ELUSIVE HAWK looks a safer proposition. He's won five times at this course including his last two starts over track and trip and a hat-trick looks on the cards for David Evans' charge. Island Express and Prophet In A Dream have little chance on official ratings and will do well to get involved.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 8-13fav (9-6) Chased leading pair, edged left and headway over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Mata Hari Blue (9-4) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Hamoody (USA) 2-7fav (9-4) Awkward leaving stalls, tracked leaders, led over 1f out, shaken up to go clear well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Wolverhampton 5f sell stks (6) pol in Mar beating Athwaab (8-7) by 2 1/2l, 3 ran.
Island Express (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 7l behind Bispham Green (8-13) at Southwell 6f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Prophet In A Dream 25-1 (8-12) Always in rear, last of 9, 14l behind Beauchamp Xerxes (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.