A handful of recent course winners to consider. Ivy Port beat Amtired over track and trip last week and Emperatriz beat the same horse here last month. They're closely matched on collateral form, while both Repetition and Peter's Friend are others to consider having won their latest starts over course and distance. Silly Billy landed a claimer at this track earlier in the month, but ROGER THORPE gets the tentative vote given he's the least exposed and easily won a maiden race over track and trip on his latest outing.
Repetition 16-1 (8-11) Made all, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Mishrif (9-3) by 1l, 7 ran.
Emperatriz 5-1 (9-6) In touch, headway to press leader 2f out, soon every chance, edged right and led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 1m hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec beating Amtired (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Peter's Friend 15-8fav (9-3) Anticipated start and started slowly, behind, headway on outside under pressure over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went 2nd towards finish, stayed on to lead post, won at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Royal Holiday (9-7) by ns, 8 ran.
Roger Thorpe 7-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pressed leader, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, rallied to challenge 1f out, led inside final furlong, clear final 110 yards, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) fbs beating Flying Giant (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Gabrial's Wawa 5-1 (8-13) Tracked winner to 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 10l behind Ace Master (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Silly Billy (IRE) 4-1 (8-13) Held up toward rear, headway 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Ace Master (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Ivy Port 7-4fav (9-7) Made all, driven clear when wandered under pressure from over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Amtired (9-6) by 4l, 10 ran.
Schottische 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, rallied closing stages, never on terms, 5th of 9, 8l behind Tee It Up Tommo (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.