Sharp Operator has won just the once in 18 starts on the all-weather and that came over 1m2f. Amor Fati and Zahirah recorded wins over 7f earlier though both have struggled subsequently while Energia Flavio was winning off a higher mark here at this time last year and went close at the track on his latest start. ARROWZONE has done all his winning on artificial surfaces at this venue and notched-up his fifth success with last week’s course and distance victory. An apprentice’s allowance reduces a penalty and another bold bid looks likely from Kevin Frost’s charge.
Arrowzone 8-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 7f out, prominent, led again over 1f out, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Jan beating Aqua Libre (9-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Energia Flavio (BRZ) 11-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not quite reach front pair, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Mooroverthebridge (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Thundercloud 25-1 (9-3) Close up, lost place 6f out, weakened 2f out, last of 10, 12 3/4l behind Rakematiz (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Sharp Operator 11-10fav (9-7) Led early, mid-division, headway when not clear run over 1f out, never able to get on terms with leaders, 6th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Mullarkey (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Zahirah 6-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 6 1/4l behind Anif (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Voice of A Leader (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Collate (9-4) at Lingfield 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Blyton Lass 11-4fav (9-2) Chased leaders, led and badly bumped inside final 2f, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5 3/4l behind Ross Raith Rover (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Amor Fati (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd place inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Lion Hearted (9-2) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (7) pol in Jan.
Cookie Ring (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, ridden and wide on last bend, well beaten and hung right over 1f out, last of 13, 9 1/4l behind Cape Greco (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Les Gar Gan (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 12 3/4l behind Majdool (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Zarkavon 100-1 (9-11) Never better than mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, last of 14, 30 1/4l behind Red Charmer (10-10) at Beverley 1m hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Mr Wing (IRE) 100-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, outpaced, last of 8, 29 1/4l behind Dark Alliance (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f stks (6) pol in Jan.
Thunder Buddy 7-2fav (9-2) Prominent, led 3f out, headed 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Long Socks (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.