Harwoods Star beat the veteran Steel City Boy in an apprentices' race at Southwell last week to record his first win. A winner without a penalty, he should confirm running. Warm Order failed to cope with a 4lb rise last time for winning over track and trip earlier so a token vote goes to CHINA EXCELS in a poor contest. The latter went close off a similar mark here back in August and it could be his turn today.
Swendab (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Prominent on outside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Copper Cavalier (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) in Dec.
Harwoods Star (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, headway well over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Southwell 5f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Steel City Boy (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Warm Order 5-2fav (9-4) Tracked leader, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, lost place inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Shaft of Light (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) in Dec.
Lazy Sioux 10-1 (8-8) Chased leaders on outside, ridden approaching final furlong, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Your Gifted (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) in Dec.
China Excels 3-1fav (8-13) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 10, 7l behind Spray Tan (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (6) in Dec.
Rightcar 25-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, headway when hampered entering final furlong, eased, 11th of 13, 11l behind Little Choosey (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-50 (7).
Steel City Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, hard driven halfway, soon switched left to challenge, stayed on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Harwoods Star (9-6) at Southwell 5f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Ladydolly 50-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, last of 13, 16l behind Very First Blade (9-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Dec.
Colombia 50-1 (9-0) In touch, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 12th of 13, 8l behind Middle East Pearl (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) in Nov.
Magic Round (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, soon switched to outer, in rear, ridden 4f out, never on terms, last of 9, 22l behind Milady Eileen (8-10) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.