Silly Billy won a claimer here a couple of weeks ago and is at his best on the surface though he is generally beaten in handicaps from this sort of mark. Ostralegus had earned a rating of 58 when scrambling home in a Lingfield maiden at 33/1 so a mark of 69 looks harsh. Cape Of Hope has been consistent on all surfaces so the fact that he races here for the first time may not be too much of a problem, nor should it be for George Fenton, who has run only twice here but won six times on Polytrack. Ace Master goes well on the track but looks a few pounds high so in the hope that KYLLACHY STAR acts on the surface, his first run here on his 61st career start, he's handed the vote to continue his recent resurgence in a visor.
Ace Master 10-1 (9-4) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mappin Time (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
George Fenton 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 1 3/4l behind Lexi's Hero (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Cape of Hope (IRE) 10-3 (9-2) Pressed leader, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 4l behind Discussiontofollow (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Kyllachy Star 7-2 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on well, 3rd of 8, 3/4l behind Forceful Appeal (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ostralegus 33-1 (9-10) Made all, ridden 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, held on, won at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol beating Secret Pursuit (7-11) by hd, 5 ran.
Gabrial's Wawa 20-1 (9-1) Led until just over 1f out, soon faded, 9th of 11, 12l behind The Tichborne (9-7) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Silly Billy (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Southwell 1m clm stks (6) fbs beating Khajaaly (8-11) by 3/4l, 6 ran.