Epic Storm hasn't progressed since winning a maiden race over C&D in November and is closely matched with Standpoint on their running at Lingfield last month. Illustrious Forest has more obvious claims as he found only Sir Boss too good last time and the latter won again earlier this week. Boston Blue and Mazij won on the Turf last year but have been in dreadful form subsequently so REFLECT gets a tentative vote. He's 10lb lower than when runner-up in a Beverley seller in September and will have come on for his recent debut for Derek Shaw over a shorter trip at this track.
Epic Storm (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Steadied start towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never near leaders, 8th of 10, 5l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Standpoint 10-1 (9-3) Took keen hold in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 8, 4l behind Wildomar (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Boston Blue 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway halfway, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 29l behind Gabrial's King (9-0) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Reflect (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Pulled hard in rear, behind 6f out, ridden 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, never a factor, 4th of 5, 7l behind Knowe Head (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f Handicap (0-78) (3yo+) (5) pol in Dec.
Illustrious Forest 9-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, driven to lead over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Sir Boss (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Mazij 28-1 (9-10) Tracked leader until ridden and lost place over 4f out, 12th of 13, well behind Saaboog (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Raced wide early tracked leader over 8f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Layline (9-10) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.