Officer In Command beat much lower-rated horses in a seller here in November and Saharia's defeat of Prime Exhibit over track and trip a fortnight ago looks the stronger form. But a line through the latter makes ELUSIVE HAWK the one to beat on his third at this track back in September and a chance is taken that David Evans' charge is up to winning this on his return from a lay-off. It's hard to make a case for the remaining pair on today's terms, although Boom Or Bust has plummeted down the weights in a relatively short-time and may be capable of better.
Officer In Command (USA) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov beating Honey Of A Kitten (9-0) by 1l, 4 ran.
Saharia (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Held up, headway on outside to 3rd over 2f out, ridden to lead and edged left entering final furlong, edged right and stayed on inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol beating Prime Exhibit (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Boom To Bust (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Soon outpaced in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Blackthorn Stick (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Elusive Hawk (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Sir Mike (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Samoan (IRE) 40-1 (10-1) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 14, 48l behind Valentine's Gift (10-0) at Redcar 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct.