Just the six turn up for this competitive handicap and although Nightjar is given every chance with his track record to call on we just go for BEL CANTOR on the proviso he can get an easy lead and dictate, with Transmission making the list with his yard in cracking form. Better over the sprint distances the selection won twice over the minimum trip last campaign including on this surface. He just about gets this far but there's a strong possibility he can lead and off his mark they may not reel him in. If the plan fails for the pick then Nighjar looks poised to take advantage. He's won four from nine starts at this track including three over this trip and he continues to run well off this sort of weight. Transmission has a bit to do from three pounds out of the handicap but he bettered previous form when finishing third last time and his best might be good enough to worry the protagonists. Seek The Fair Land was expected to do better last time and has some decent looking form in recent start but with this his first time on this surface we prefer Bel Cantor, who will probably get the easy lead.
Nightjar (USA) 11-2 (8-13) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd post, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Tourist (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in Jan.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 10-3 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Tourist (8-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs in Jan.
Seek The Fair Land 5-1fav (8-10) Close up, effort when not clear run on inside over 1f out, not a danger after, 11th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Autumn Blades (10-1) at Kempton 7f hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Jan.
Bel Cantor 4-1 (8-5) Led, hard driven and strongly challenged from 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on well, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Harlech Castle (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs.
Transmission (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Soon pushed along and prominent, led on inner 3f out, soon driven, headed well over 1f out, no impression on winner and lost 2nd 1f out, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Tin Cha Woody (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Onceaponatime (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Harlech Castle (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs.