STORM HAWK has gone up another 7lb for his cosy win over C&D last month, but he's worth sticking with here as Pat Eddery's charge has really taken to the Fibresand and won both starts to date. He's already beaten today's main rivals First Rock and Blackmore, while Shifting Gold and Carnac have even more to find with the selection on recent form. Captain Bellamy is much better at this track than anywhere else, but is was only an amateurs' race that he won over C&D last month and Wine 'n Dine could prove a bigger threat on the back of his close-up third over 1m4f here a fortnight ago.
Storm Hawk (IRE) 11-10fav (9-9) Dwelt, held up in touch, headway over 5f out, went 2nd inside final 3f, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, stayed on well, easily, won at Southwell 2m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec beating Blackmore (9-13) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lyric Poet (USA) 3-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Chabada (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Wine 'n Dine 10-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden to chase leading pair over 2f out, driven and stayed on near finish, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Magic Millie (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
First Rock (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 17l behind Steady Gaze (9-5) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Blackmore 7-2 (9-12) Led, ridden and headed approaching 1f out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Steady Gaze (9-5) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Shifting Gold (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Started slowly, behind, headway on outside to track leader 11f out, led over 3f out until entering final 3f, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 8l behind Storm Hawk (9-9) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Dec.
Salontyre (GER) 8-1 (9-5) Held up towards frear, headway on wide outside under pressure over 4f out, driven to challenge and hung left from over 2f out, still chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind L Frank Baum (10-0) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.
Captain Bellamy (USA) 3-1fav (10-3) Chased leaders, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan beating Turjuman (10-3) by 3l, 12 ran.
Mexican Bob 20-1 (9-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, chased winner until 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Jamarjo (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Carnac (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Prominent, led over 4f out, headed 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 16l behind Sistine (9-11) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.