Matraash arrives chasing his fourth consecutive win in selling races. But all six of his previous victories have been over 1m2f or further and he's worth taking on. Officer In Command also scored over a longer trip here last time and has a bit to find with I CONFESS on today's terms. The latter missed the whole of last year but has leading claims of adding to his tally of 13 wins on the Polytrack if fully tuned-up. Prime Exhibit has been in better form of late but looks up against it at the weights.
Matraash (USA) 5-2fav (9-8) Steadied start held up in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, joined leader on bit entering final furlong, nudged along to lead narrowly near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating A Little Bit Dusty (9-4) by ns, 6 ran.
Officer In Command (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov beating Honey Of A Kitten (9-0) by 1l, 4 ran.
Prime Exhibit 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, effort over 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Ocean Applause (9-3) at Lingfield 1m app sll stks (6) pol in Dec.
Saharia (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Steadied start, always behind, 10th of 12, 10l behind Syncopate (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ferryview Place 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never a factor, 12th of 13, 13l behind Do More Business (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
I Confess 40-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden to lead briefly over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Afraah (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct '12.