The form figures of TARA FAY suggest she'll be out with the washing here but Gordon Elliott's mare showed signs of ability in Ireland and the fact that Jamie Spencer has been booked is a pointer that the stable mean business - she could be a blot on this handicap. Elliott also has The Last Straw entered though she's shown no sign of ability to date but the other Irish raider, Pacey Outswinger, ran very well at Ayr when last seen in October and though well beaten on her only Polytrack start that was on her racecourse debut in 2009. After completing a double over 7f, Mataajir did even better when scoring over a mile at Southwell where he stayed on so strongly that today's longer trip looks even more in his favour. A four-timer looks a distinct possibility but Idol Deputy is now 8lb higher than when scoring here last month and has been beaten from a lower mark subsequently.
Mataajir (USA) 11-10fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Spacecraft (8-11) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Idol Deputy (FR) 5-2fav (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon driven to chase leaders, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 11, hd behind Prince Of Thebes (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Marksbury 40-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towars rear, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, 12th of 13, 26l behind Justcallmehandsome (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Celtic Step 20-1 (9-2) Close up, went 3rd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Maven (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Aviso (GER) 22-1 (8-3) Behind, headway over 1f out, ran on, never nearer, 5th of 8, 1 1/4l behind Irons On Fire (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Lytham (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway 5f out, ridden 4f out, soon beaten, eased final 2f, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Eagle Nebula (9-8) at Windsor 1m 4f Classified Selling Stakes (0-65) (3yo+) (6) gf in Jul.
Ergo (FR) 50-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 43l behind Illustration (8-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct.
Excellent Vision 9-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, not reach leaders, 6th of 12, 4l behind Eastward Ho (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Petomic (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Yourinthewill (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Granny Anne (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, last of 13, 28l behind Karate (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Tara Fay (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Knockgraffon Lad (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Pacey Outswinger (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) In touch, progress to chase winner 2f out, ridden to challenge winner inside final furlong, no extra near finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Funky Munky (8-12) at Ayr 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
The Last Straw (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 16l behind Eastern Rules (8-13) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.