Outlaw Torn added to his tally of wins on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton last week but has yet to score on this surface. Mataajir carries a penalty for his recent win over track and trip when General Tufto finished back in third. The latter had scored at this track before that with QUEEN OF SKIES in close attendance. Mike Appleby's mare can take her revenge on more favourable terms and come out best. Xclusive easily won a maiden race here a week ago and makes more appeal than Xpres Maite, a prolific course winner but unreliable.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Raced keenly, led early, chased leader 3f, remained handy, effort on inside under pressure over 1f out, ridden to lead 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Shirazz (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Queen Of Skies (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead again inside final 2f, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, nk behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Sky Crossing 66-1 (8-11) In touch on outside, led briefly over 4f out, lost place over 2f out, soon behind, last of 10, 29l behind Tatting (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Chief Executive (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 7l behind Run It Twice (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Xpres Maite 6-1 (9-2) Slowly away, outpaced, 7th of 8, 18l behind Dandarrell (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
General Tufto 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, headway to dispute lead over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out until inside final furlong, no impression in 3rd final 110 yards, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Mataajir (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Mataajir (USA) 5-2fav (9-4) In touch on outside, pushed along over 4f out, soon outpaced, wide entering straight, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs beating Huzzah (9-1) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Quadriga (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind The Ginger Berry (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Xclusive 7-2 (9-5) With leader, driven to lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs beating Island Express (9-0) by 8l, 7 ran.
Bapak Pesta (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Led after 1f, headed 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakeend over 1f out, 8th of 12, 19l behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Kielty's Folly 10-1 (9-3) In touch on outside, led 3f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair final furlong, 3rd of 12, 10l behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Partner's Gold (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind De Lesseps (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Kai 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 4f out, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Grandad Mac (8-11) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-62 (6) fbs.