HOLDING FAST has been threatening to open his account and nearly did so when caught on the line over 6f here on Monday. This looks easier and he'll take some catching if allowed his own way up front. Twinwood Star had Lexi's Beauty, Scoobys Girl and Lady Calantha behind when runner-up over C&D last time and should confirm running but the remainder have shown no worthwhile form as yet with the exception of a third at Bellewstown last year by Irish import Samara Jazz.
Southern Sapphire 33-1 (9-3) Pressed leader until ridden 2f out, edged left and weakened 1f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Equity Risk (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Holding Fast (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon led, ridden inside final 2f, kept on until no extra and headed final stride, 2nd of 11, hd behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Samara Jazz (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened, 12th of 14, 23l behind Hail Shower (8-9) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol in Oct.
Twinwood Star (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Awkwardly away, soon outpaced in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to take 2nd towards finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Prince Of Prophets (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Lady Calantha 20-1 (9-7) With leaders on outside, lost place inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 7l behind Prince Of Prophets (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Scoobys Girl (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 11l behind Hazard Warning (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Lexi's Beauty (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, driven to chase winner over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Prince Of Prophets (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Highway United (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 17l behind Heaven's Guest (9-3) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.