Sawaah has found a new lease of life since he was eased in grade and is expected to be hard to beat in the opener; Prince of Gold has held his own of late and, along with his stablemate Crush On You, looks worth considering as an alternative. Baby Barry is also in with a shout on the best of his efforts, although a draw in stall four does him few favours. Crush On You got his head in front in a classified stakes at Wolverhampton on his penultimate start, but then ran a stinker when sent Southwell last month. He has something to find on a literal reading of that form. Still his efforts on turf have not been totally devoid of encouragement and there is a strong possibility he can be a force in this company. As a hold-up horse, Prince Of Gold may not be so badly inconvenienced by his low draw and the booking of Neil Callan is a positive move. Expect a late flourish from the partnership. Another worth noting in the betting is Pepper Road, who can go well if he runs to type (goes well with a seasonal run behind him). However, Sawaah holds inescapable form figures coming in to the race and, despite him being a hard horse to predict, he has his act together sufficiently well to be fancied to land his four-timer today.
Baby Barry 11-2 (9-0) Led 4f, ridden, weakened approaching final furlong, 10th of 12, 17l behind Steel Grey (9-0) at Southwell 7f Stks (41-45) (7) fbs in Mar.
Evolution Ex (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 31l behind Maria Antonia (8-8) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Paso Doble 14-1 (11-0) Held up, headway on inside halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 10l behind Windy Prospect (10-12) at Southwell 1m amt hcp (6) fbs.
Prince of Gold 13-2 (8-12) Held up, soon switched left after start, ridden 3f out, headway well over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 12, hd behind Union Jack Jackson (8-9) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Mar.
Sawwaah (IRE) 11-4fav (9-11) Prominent, ridden to lead 2f out, ran on final furlong, won at Catterick 7f sll (6) gf beating Zhitomir (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Crush On You 6-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened quickly over 2f out, 10th of 11, well behind Fuel Cell (8-8) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-50 (6) fbs in Mar.
Bond Diamond 14-1 (8-12) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Blue Sky Thinking (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 1f clm (5) pol in Mar.
Contra Mundum (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Chased clear leaders, ridden over 3f out, hung left well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Holiday Cocktail (8-12) at W'hampton 1m 1f sll (6) pol in Mar.