Darkest Night landed a double at Lingfield earlier in the year and is not easily dismissed while Haverstock showed improved form on his comeback at the same track. He finished ahead of subsequent winner Flying Tempo in second, though was subsequently placed third after disqualification. BAIN'S PASS caught the eye staying on for fourth over 7f at Wolverhampton on his return and Kevin Ryan's charge gets the nod over this extra furlong on his handicap debut, though Rainford Glory didn't appreciate the Fibresand surface at Southwell last time but has decent claims on his earlier efforts on Polytrack.
Darkest Night (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Keen held up, headway when hung left over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, ridden and not run on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Blazeofenchantment (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Haverstock 5-2 (9-5) Led, headed narrowly over 2f out, ridden to regain narrow lead over 1f out until inside final furlong, no chance with winner final 110 yards (disqualifed and placed 3rd), in a race won by Gabrial The Duke (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f Apprentice Handicap (0-65) (3yo) (6) pol in Feb, 5 ran.
Mizyen (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Keen towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 9, 9l behind Surge Ahead (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Bain's Pass (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Took keen hold, in touch, outpaced 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Ifan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Eastern Dragon (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 10, 6l behind Gracious George (8-13) at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Rainford Glory (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Keen in touch, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 6, 21l behind Birdy Boy (8-13) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Armada Bay (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Raced wide held up in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 18l behind Luv U Whatever (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Feb.
Exit Clause 33-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, no headway, last of 14, 8l behind Shearian (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.