Unplaced when co-favourite here in February, Ace Of Spies popped-up at 14/1 last week. That success gives him the beating of Mucky Molly, who had earlier beaten last year's winner of this, Bonnie Prince Blue, over track and trip. The latter has also found SOFIA'S NUMBER ONE too good recently and Roy Bowring's charge is preferred. He's chasing a hat-trick after last week's victory over a mile here where he beat Mcconnell a couple of lengths and looks to have leading claims with an apprentice negating most of a 6lb penalty.
Sofias Number One (USA) 9-2 (9-3) In rear, headway approaching 3f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating McConnell (9-2) by 2l, 10 ran.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Made most, ridden 2 lengths clear over 2f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Mataajir (9-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Silly Billy (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Led 1f, tracked leader until ridden 2f out, weakened final furlolng, 6th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Homeboy (10-0) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.
Mucky Molly 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Mataajir (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Mar.
Bonnie Prince Blue 20-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd towards finish, never dangerous, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Sofias Number One (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Blue Charm 20-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra, 5th of 12, 7l behind Bonnie Prince Blue (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Apr '12.
McConnell (USA) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Sofias Number One (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Whats For Pudding (IRE) 11-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 22l behind Tunnager Grove (8-10) at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Oct.
Vogarth 80-1 (8-0) Led early, soon ridden along in touch, outpaced halfway, 6th of 7, 12l behind Ace Of Spies (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Dr Victoria 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden halfway, headway over 1f out, went remote 2nd inside final furlong until near finish, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Kabbaas (8-10) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Feb.