GREEN ONIONS can follow up a recent Great Leighs success to land this, but expect strong challenges from Halaak and My Best Bet. A six pound penalty may not be too much of a handicap for him, and although his best runs have come at Great Leighs, he should be able to handle this version of the polytrack. My Best Bet might have been, but for a low draw, especially as she's a hold up type. She has won a better grade race than this before though. Halaak's best form has been at Southwell, and she tries this faster surface for the first time. David Simcock's yard is in good form though, and he wouldn't bring her here if he didn't think she had a good chance. However, we marginally favour Green Onions.
Green Onions 14-1 (8-12) Soon led, hard driven over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Great Leighs 6f 3yo mdn (5) pol beating Auld Arty (9-3) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
My Best Bet 7-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden and effort 1f out, no extra and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Hellbender (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol.
Hand Painted 9-1 (9-3) Held up, switched left and headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong but not troubled leaders, 5th of 15, 5l behind Kheleyf's Silver (8-12) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn auc (5) gf in Oct.
Fangfoss Girls 4-1 (9-1) Broke fast, led early, stayed tracking leader to halfway, soon ridden, effort over 1f out, kept on to regain 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Barnezet (9-1) at Lingfield 5f 3yo hcp (5) pol.
Bold Account (IRE) 4-1 (8-5) Led, ridden over 2f, edged left when leaded over 1f, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind The Magic of Rio (8-11) at Southwell 6f 2yo clm (6) fbs in Dec.
Princess Cagliari 5-2jt-fav (8-5) Close up 4th, ridden to challenge over 1f out, disputed lead inside final furlong, every chance, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 8, hd behind Cheap Thrills (8-5) at Lingfield 6f mdn aut stk (6) pol.
Halaak (USA) 13-8fav (8-12) Behind, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, won at Southwell 5f 3yo hcp (6) fbs beating Wee Bizzom (8-3) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Old Sarum (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Went badly right start and hampered inside rivals, pulled hard in rear, kept on from over 1f out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 8l behind Glamorous Spirit (8-6) at Kempton 5f 2yo clm (6) pol in Nov.
Bold Rose 8-1 (8-12) Went right start, raced wide, close-up, ran very wide bend inside final 2f, never dangerous afterwards, last of 5, 8l behind Hellbender (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol.
Perfect Class 16-1 (8-8) Always behind, ridden and struggling halfway, 9th of 12, 10l behind Rainbow Seeker (8-11) at W'hampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Deckchair 9-1 (7-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, switched right, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 6, 1l behind dhtrs Lady Vivien (8-4) & Desert Strike (9-4) at Great Leighs 5f 3yo hcp (5) pol.