Le Toreador has the best recent form with his fourth in a handicap at Kempton a week ago standing out. However, he may have trouble giving so much weight to DESERT ICON here. The latter finished third over C&D a fortnight ago and looks set to take advantage of today's favourable conditions. Soopacal and Grudge have won at this track before but both have a bit to find with the selection on these terms, while Finn's Rainbow remains out of sorts and hard to fancy.
Le Toreador 7-2fav (9-7) Off the pace disputing 5th, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Sugar Beet (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Soopacal (IRE) 7-4fav (8-2) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Global Village (8-7) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.
Desert Icon (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Behind centre, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Six Wives (9-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Grudge 22-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon hung left, no extra near finish, 6th of 9, 4l behind Triple Dream (9-7) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) std.
Finn's Rainbow 66-1 (8-7) Chased leaders to halfway, last of 10, 23l behind Katy's Secret (8-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs.