DESPERATE DAN can prove anything but against Total Impact and Colorus. Although the draw of one is hardly ideal, Andy Haynes charge is a model of consistency in lesser grade and the booking of Tom Queally appears eyecatching under the circumstances. Total Impact ran a below par race at Lingfield last Friday. The seven-year-old might just be better around Southwell and with the winner of that claimer running a shocker at Lingfield on Wednesday, the percentage call is that of opposition. Colorus is another Southwell specialist. He is entirely workmanlike if not particularly spectacular. Tournedos was running in listed company on the turf last year so this is a very distinct drop in sights. Kheley has place claims while Latin Connection should not be good enough. Desperate Dan can forge ahead close home.
Colorus (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Slightly hampered start, hung left, chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Rebel Duke (8-8) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs.
Total Impact 11-10fav (9-0) Chased leader, challenged over 1f out, ridden to narrow lead inside final furlong, ran on until caught near finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Peopleton Brook (8-10) at Lingfield 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Desperate Dan 11-4 (8-13) Held up, raced keenly, headway 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, urged along, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Lethal (8-13) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Grudge 2-1fav (8-9) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Monte Major (8-3) at Southwell 5f Apprentice Claiming Stakes (0-70) (4yo+) (6) fbs.
Tournedos (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Started very slowly, always behind, no chance, 7th of 10, 12l behind Titus Gent (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Latin Connection (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 8th of 11, 19l behind Levitation (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Kheley (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division on outside, pushed along halfway, struggling 2f out, last of 8, 6l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-0) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.