FIRE IN BABYLON bids for hat-trick having won at Wolverhampton last time. Upped 3lb, he can go in again given he'd easily beaten Grandad Mac over course and distance earlier. The latter may be in the handicapper's grip now after winning three times on the Fibresand in January while Monzino has completely lost his way since being raised 8lb for scoring on the Polytrack in December. Samoset and Light The City won their respective divisions of an amateurs' race over 1m3f here a week ago but both will find life tougher under a penalty today.
Grandad Mac 5-1 (9-4) Led, pushed along to go 4 lengths clear over 4f out, pressed from over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Blades Lad (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Monzino (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in touch, under pressure over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 18l behind Gogeo (9-8) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, went 2nd approaching final 2f, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on, edged right towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Uncle Bernie (8-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Samoset 6-4fav (10-13) In touch, edged left over 4f out, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon edged left, ridden and edged right final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs beating Reach The Beach (10-4) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Light The City (IRE) 3-1 (10-8) In touch, headway to track leader 6f out, led 3f out, ridden clear over 1f out, won at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs beating Mister Frosty (11-0) by 9l, 9 ran.
Willow Island (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 19l behind Sutton Sid (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.