Stormy Morning won an amateurs race here at this time last year and Sommersturm may do better now back on a winning mark. Funky Munky has won his last two outings on the Flat including a victory over 1m4f here and makes more appeal than Fire In Babylon, beaten five lengths despite finishing second over track and trip last time. Tracks Of My Tears won at this track before suffering a short-head defeat at the hands of RAINFORD GLORY. Lewis Walsh takes over the reins on the latter for this and his 7lb claim should ensure David Simcock's charge comes out best once again.
Stormy Morning 5-2fav (10-5) In touch, headway to chase leading pair over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd toward finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Blazing Desert (10-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f am hcp (0-70) (5) pol in Jan '13.
Sommersturm (GER) 5-1fav (9-3) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 8l behind Outrageous Request (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Rainford Glory (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Modem (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Tracks Of My Tears Evensfav (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, switched left and effort on inside over 1f out, ridden and ran on close home, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Rainford Glory (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Funky Munky 16-1 (8-11) In touch, tracked leader 7f out, led over 4f out, ridden inside final 2f, hard pressed final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Shirazz (9-3) by hd, 9 ran.
Fire In Babylon (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Lacey (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.