SALEROSA is unexposed and the obvious starting point in the opener, The Grey One makes the short-list as does Boss Hog following his latest performance. Salerosa has one of the best jockey's in the saddle for assistance and has a clear chance lining up from just a 1lb higher mark following her course and distance maiden win. On the face of it, this does look tougher moving back into handicap company but she's unexposed and relished the switch to this surface. Boss Hog had only shown glimmers in his first half dozen starts but his first run since May saw him finish second in a course and distance handicap and suggests that he should be able to break his duck sooner rather than later. The Grey One is another to come into this race in fine form and he has to be respected despite those recent performances coming on the polytrack. He's got fibresand form in the book and could still be competitive. Mambo Sun was gambled on last time and needs to be monitored whilst we'll also be casting our eye over Sedge, Wallonia and Mister Jingles but it's Salerosa to whom we've awarded the vote.
Louisiade (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Kimono My House (9-3) at Southwell 1m app hcp (5) fbs.
Mister Jingles 12-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 9, 11l behind Elusive Warrior (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
The Grey One (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) Took keen hold in touch, headway and every chance 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Ours (9-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Boss Hog 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Having A Ball (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Wallonia (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Held up in last place, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Phoenix Flight (9-3) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Mambo Sun 5-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 8l behind Mozayada (8-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Uhuru Peak 9-2fav (9-11) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 15, 46l behind Moves Goodenough (10-0) at Salisbury 1m ldy rds hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Salerosa (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, led approaching 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 1m mdn aut stk (6) fbs beating Vogarth (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Sedge (USA) 16-1 (9-1) Soon outpaced and ridden along in rear, headway well over 1f out, stayed on to go 4th inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 3l behind Mrs Bun (8-9) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Aggbag 16-1 (8-6) In touch, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Sion Hill (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Blue Empire (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on approaching final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 5l behind Having A Ball (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
The Tinker Man 50-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened, 9th of 10, 10l behind Minnis Bay (9-5) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp (5) frm in Aug '07.
Ocean Pride (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Pushed along, outpaced, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 8l behind Came Back (9-3) at Southwell 6f clm (6) fbs in Feb.
Ten To The Dozen 11-1 (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 2f, weakened approaching final furlong, 7th of 14, 12l behind Barkass (9-6) at Southwell 1m sll (6) pol.