Well beaten at Wolverhampton last month, SOFIAS NUMBER ONE is a different animal on this surface, recording six of his seven wins so far at this track. He's 6lb higher than his latest victory over course and distance but won that by nearly four lengths and can go in again. Chrissycross won a lesser event here last month and will find this tougher, while Maria's Choice scored over a longer trip at Kempton and makes her Fibresand debut along with Raging Bear and Escape To Glory. Both The Lock Master and Docofthebay are still capable on their day but it's becoming increasingly difficult to predict when that will be.
The Lock Master (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Led, driven 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Off The Pulse (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Docofthebay (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind early, closed over 6f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 16l behind Star Links (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Caldercruix (USA) 7-1 (8-10) Outpaced, ridden halfway, driven an kept on final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Sharaarah (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Sofias Number One (USA) 20-1 (8-13) Held up in touch on inside, outpaced over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 7, 13l behind Off The Pulse (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Bay Knight (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased clear winner over 1f out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Silly Billy (9-0) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Maria's Choice (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, led inside final 2f, ridden over 3 lengths ahead over 1f out, just held on, all out, won at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Little Buxted (9-5) by shd, 14 ran.
Escape To Glory (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Maverik (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Chrissycross (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led narrowly final 150 yards, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov beating Emperatriz (8-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Raging Bear (USA) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, detatched in rear, headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 21, 5l behind Four Winds (9-5) at Doncaster 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Nov.
Kung Hei Fat Choy (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Wandsworth (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Piceno (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 15l behind Eastern Dragon (8-8) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
My Single Malt (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Illustrious Prince (9-4) at Redcar 7f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.
Tatting 7-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on to chase leading pair towards finish, always held, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Epic Battle (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Sky Crossing 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along well over 2f out, carried head high and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Bogsnog (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.