Honest Deal went close over track and trip last time and is preferred to stablemate Northside Prince, who is having his first start since September. Dorry K and Ascendant have yet to race on Fibresand and though Mason Hindmarsh handles the surface, he needs a longer trip to show his best. THE LOCK MASTER was winning for the third time at this track when beating Dubawi Island over a mile earlier this month. That's the best form on offer and Mike Appleby's charge has won over today's longer distance on the Polytrack.
Northside Prince (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced, no impression, 6th of 11, 8l behind New Hampshire (9-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
The Lock Master (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Soon pushed along in touch, ridden 4f out, headway 3f out, chased leader when rider dropped rein over 1f out, led inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs beating Dubawi Island (9-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ascendant 13-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 1l behind Mica Mika (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan.
Dorry K (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, drew clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct beating My Destination (9-5) by 4l, 4 ran.
Honest Deal 11-4 (9-5) Keen tracked leaders, led over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 5, nk behind Mediterranean Sea (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Mason Hindmarsh 5-2fav (9-12) In touch, pushed along and lost place 9f out, headway 6f out, soon led, ridden and headed 4f out, every chance 2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Irish Jugger (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.