PROVOST is a confident selection to see off Iceman George and Prince Golan. Mick Easterby's yard have had a couple of successes inside the last week and Provost landed some nice bets at the course a week ago. Frederick Tylicki is a more than capable pilot and with this race not attracting penalties, it would be no surprise to see him rattling up a sequence. Iceman George is stepped back up in trip. He stayed on well over an inadequate trip and as that had followed a sizeable absence, we'll chance that there is a bit more to come. Prince Golan was rated in the high 80's when trained by Kevin Ryan. He is back to a more realistic mark though has an obvious questionmark in light of the fibresand surface. General Tufto looked very useful earlier on in the season. Holly Hall cannot claim in this race and that has to be a negative. Ghufa won on his debut for George Baker having left Ed Dunlop. He was well held on his only visit to Southwell. Sularno looked to have lost his way after posting some impressive performances and might be best watched. Provost looks difficult to oppose this afternoon and we seek not to.
Ghufa (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, led 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Bee Stinger (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Prince Golan (IRE) 33-1 (7-11) Mid-division and keen, ridden 2f out, keeping on one pace when switched right over 1f out, 4th of 11, 2l behind Stand Guard (9-4) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Feb.
Provost 13-8fav (9-3) Held up in touch, improved over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating King of Legend (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Sularno 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 8th of 14, 14l behind West End Lad (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
General Tufto 7-2 (8-6) Held up, headway on outer over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind More Time Tim (9-2) at Southwell 1m app hcp (5) fbs in Feb.
Everyman 13-2 (8-7) In touch, ridden 2f out, no headway, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 17l behind My Shadow (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Iceman George 16-1 (9-1) Keen, held up, chased leaders halfway, ridden 3f out, hung right to stands side rail entering final 2f, driven and stayed on to take 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Amber Moon (8-4) at Southwell 1m clm (6) fbs.
Charlie Bear 25-1 (8-12) Started very slowly, always rear, struggling over 2f out, last of 9, 10l behind Tecktal (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Feb.