AUBRIETIA is still progressing judging by the way she scored again here last week and this shouldn't pose a problem under a penalty. She found the minimum trip slightly against her on that occasion but once hitting her stride the opposition had no answer and back over 6f she should her fifth victory of the year. It's a long time since Victoire De Lyphar was winning tough handicaps at Doncaster and York but he undoubtedly retains some ability though this will be his debut on an artificial surface on his 21st start. Sans Loi had some reasonable form to his credit last year and though five lengths behind Aubrietia here last time that was his first start for six months so should get closer on these terms. The once very useful Advanced has performed with credit on Polytrack in his most recent races but makes his Fibresand debut on his 86th career start. Rusty Rocket is another with no experience on the surface but likes soft ground and could be suited.
Aubrietia 5-2fav (9-7) Taken to post early, tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Royal Bajan (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Fly leapt leaving stalls, soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Beau Mistral (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 16l behind Demora (8-4) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Klynch 22-1 (9-6) Soon with leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 13l behind Conry (8-10) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Advanced 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 9l behind Verse Of Love (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Rusty Rocket (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 7l behind Half A Billion (8-8) at Catterick 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Sans Loi (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, kept on one pace final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Aubrietia (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Sound Amigo (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Light Burst (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Feb.
Bandstand 11-2 (8-12) Held up, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 9, 5l behind Aubrietia (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Sunraider (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 23l behind Barkston Ash (8-7) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct.
Dickie Le Davoir 33-1 (8-8) Outpaced from over 3f out, last of 13, 11l behind Clubland (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.