SHAWKANTANGO has won a couple of claimers at Southwell recently but had also scored over track and trip early last month. He has the beating of both R Woody and Quality Art and gets the vote to land the hat-trick. The Art Of Racing went close on Turf off a 6lb higher mark last year and a repeat would see him in the firing-line. Electric Qatar has a chance at the weights and finished runner-up here in October but Amelia Jay is facing a stiff task according the handicapper.
Shawkantango 3-1fav (8-9) Raced alone near side, in touch, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Southwell 5f app clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs beating Miako (8-5) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
The Art Of Racing (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sleepy Blue Ocean (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Electric Qatar 9-2 (8-9) Broke well, held up in touch, steadied 4f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 8th of 9, 7l behind Powerful Pierre (8-6) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Quality Art (USA) 10-1 (8-12) Started very slowly, detatched in rear, never a factor, 8th of 9, 19l behind Only Ten Per Cent (9-0) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs.
R Woody 3-1fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, headway to chase leaders 4f out, pushed along halfway, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Shawkantango (8-9) at Southwell 5f app clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs.
Amelia Jay 14-1 (9-0) In touch when clipped heels in 1st furlong, soon lost place, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 12l behind Rafaaf (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.