All of these have won over here over this trip, with the exception of Calmdownmate who's won here but over the trip at Ripon, but in a tight little heat we think that PUNCHING will get the better of him and This Ones For Eddy. Punching has the best draw of the trio, and has never been out of the frame when racing on the fibresand. A winner here on his penultimate run, ahead of a couple that have subsequently won. He looks to be Stuart Parr's best runner on the card. This Ones For Eddy loves this surface, but found five furlongs too sharp here on Thursday when running second. Calmdownmate finished ahead of Punching last time out, with Dicky Le Davoir further back. That was over the minimum trip though, and he's not drawn very well, so one can make a case for a reversal of that result. Legendary Guest has been off the track since August, but won on his only previous outing here, but that course and distance success is a little misleading as it was on the turf, rather than the fibresand. Cheek pieces worked once here for Only A Game, but they're off now with first time blinkers applied. It's a trappy little affair, with our preference being for Punching.
Only A Game (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 24l behind Strabinios King (8-10) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
This Ones For Eddy 4-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, soon chased along, headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Back In The Red (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) std.
Punching 6-1 (9-2) Held up behind leaders, ridden 2f out, driven, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 1l behind The Geester (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Whitbarrow (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Dark Tara (8-8) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Calmdownmate (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Outpaced, always behind, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whiskey Creek (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Legendary Guest 16-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 11, 7l behind Lucayos (9-11) at Catterick 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Dickie Le Davoir 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear, soon chased along, never trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 4l behind The Geester (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.