The official ratings may well be very much in the favour of Scartozz but there's a reason that the seven-year-old now appears in this company so we'll take a chance on the inform Clear Sailing while Boss Hogg also looks worth a second glance. The selection has been running really well this winter in similar events finishing in front twice and finding just one two good on a further two starts in the last four outings. Being a course and distance winner is always a help here too and the form from his last time out near miss has been franked with the winner scoring again next time out. Boss Hogg ended a run of four runners¿ up spots in a row with victory here over a slightly shorter trip on his last appearance. The mile trip has often proved just one furlong too far in the past but on this form and in this company he could well get home this time. Scartozz is rated 13lbs better than anything else in this field but is not running well, hence the entry in this contest. West End Lad has some winning form to suggest a chance too while Louisaide has plenty to find on these according to the ratings so CLEAR SAILING looks good to score again.
Scartozz 10-1 (8-8) Raced keenly on outer, prominent, ridden over 3f out, no headway and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 18l behind Suits Me (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Louisiade (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Took keen hold in touch, led after 3f, headed over 3f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 22l behind General Tufto (8-6) at Southwell 1m app hcp (6) fbs.
North Parade 10-1 (9-4) Held up, pushed along, improved approaching 2f out, soon ridden, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Blacktoft (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm (6) pol.
Bookiebasher Babe (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 12, 39l behind General Feeling (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
West End Lad 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along well over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 9l behind Hilbre Court (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Clear Sailing 11-10fav (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, driven and kept on final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 7, hd behind All In The Red (8-11) at Southwell 1m sll (6) fbs.
Boss Hog 7-4fav (9-8) Made virtually all, ridden over 2f out, edged left under pressure, kept on final furlong, won at Southwell 7f mdn stk (5) fbs beating Lyric Art (8-5) by a nk, 12 ran.
Jord (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division on outer, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 13, 8l behind Obe Royal (8-12) at Southwell 7f sll (6) fbs.