Midaz returned to action with a second over track and trip and will no doubt make a bold bid with plenty of scope for improvement. But a chance is taken on top weight OUR IVOR returning to form after a couple of lacklustre efforts. He's dropped in class for this and has gone close here off higher marks before. Caledonia Prince is similar in that he, too, has the past form to figure but Mishrif is 8lb higher than his latest win at the track in December. Royal Holiday also has a shout on his second over track and trip in January and is preferred to dual 7f course winner Basingstoke, though was scheduled to run at Newcastle last night.
Our Ivor 14-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, lost place over 3f out, 6th of 7, 35l behind Noble Citizen (8-12) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-90) (3) fbs in Feb.
Caledonia Prince 12-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, raced wide, in touch over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, effort over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 7, 9l behind Sound Advice (9-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar.
Mishrif (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Jacobs Son (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Royal Holiday (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Led, headed over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Realize (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Basingstoke (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 13l behind Shaolin (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Midaz 7-4fav (9-2) Raced awkwardly in rear and not face kick-back, ran in snatches, ridden 3f out, headway and hung left over 1f out, driven and closed on winner near finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Pretty Bubbles (9-2) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.