Another small field and this one can be dominated by THUNDERING HOME, whose win last time suggested that there was more to come, while House Red can chase him home. The latter is a relatively rare winter runner for trainer Barry Hills, and won a Leicester handicap on fast ground in October. Raised 7lbs for that and stepped up to this trip here last time he found little when it mattered and therefore still has to prove that he will get home. Thundering Home has been progressing nicely and was a winner at the third time of asking when doing so, eased down, at Southwell last time. A mark of 70 for his first handicap looks fair enough and he looks capable of winning this and progressing a fair bit more. Jazz Age should show more now dropped 5lbs and market confidence would make him more interesting, but Capricornus looks a better proposition now stepped up in trip and should, at the very least, get competitive. However, Thundering Home looks a progressive sort and is taken to win again.
Thundering Home 4-1 (9-3) Pushed along leaving stalls, held up, headway over 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, edged right and led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec beating Gold Party (9-3) by 1l, 11 ran.
House Red (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Nafura (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
South African Gold (USA) 50-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Capricornus (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Jazz Age (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Tracked winner, driven over 4f out, soon lost place, last of 7, 8l behind Danger Mulally (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.