Fighter Boy found only Rumoush too good in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket last April. If he's retained all his ability, he could take all the beating on his return to action. However, race fitness may tell and the tough and consistent LOWTHER could prove too much of a handful. He's been placed in some of the best all-weather handicaps this winter and looks to have a good chance of getting his head back in front here. Suits Me has a bit to find with the selection on recent runnings, but the progressive Norman Orpen should give another good account.
Fighter Boy (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Hed up last, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Rumoush (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Apr.
Lowther 7-2 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden and switched left to outside 2f out, driven and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd last strides, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Bravo Echo (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4yo stk (4) pol in Jan.
Mr Hichens 9-1 (9-4) Raced wide, in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 11l behind Prime Exhibit (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul.
Norman Orpen (IRE) 5-4fav (9-6) Raced in 4th, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Avon River (9-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Puddington Bear 100-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, held up in 4th, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, last of 5, 37l behind Carlton Scroop (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Suits Me 15-2 (9-2) Soon chased leader, pushed along to challenge 2f out, led briefly well over 1f out, no chance with winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd last strides, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Bravo Echo (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4yo stk (4) pol in Jan.