Showboating continues to run well without being good enough and still looks a shade high in the weights. Smalljohn has plenty to find with Haftohaf on collateral form and it's only a matter of time before the latter is scoring again following his latest close-up fourth at Kempton. FRONTIER FIGHTER needs to improve making his handicap debut but landed the odds by nearly four lengths here last month with a subsequent winner behind so David O'Meara's charge gets the nod. Lord of The Dance also won nicely over track and trip last week but this is tougher.
Showboating (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden over 1f out and headway on outer, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2l behind Seek The Fair Land (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Haftohaf 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, kept on towards finish, just held close home, 4th of 7, nk behind Toga Tiger (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Smalljohn 14-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 16l behind Atlantis Crossing (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jan.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, hard driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 11l behind Waking Warrior (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Frontier Fighter 10-11fav (9-6) Raced keenly, made virtuallly all, pushed clear over 1f out, in command when edged left and reminder inside final furlong, unchallenged, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Cape Crossing (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
The Guru Of Gloom (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 9, 6l behind Balti's Sister (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan beating Bussa (8-6) by 2l, 10 ran.