MALCHEEK is the selection with Punching and H Harrison put up as dangers. Tim Easterby's seven-year-old is far from the most frequent of scorers but he has run well fresh in the past and with the heady combination of drying ground and a drop in the handicap, we will offer him up at what are likely to be juicy odds. Punching has had regular appointments at Southwell over the winter period. Conor Dore's charge has obliged at Brighton and Windsor in the past. H Harrison is a previous course and distance winner and with three runs already under his belt, there can be no excuses this afternoon. Ergo is on a hat-trick this afternoon having obliged in two handicaps at Wolverhampton over longer trips. Violent Velocity and No Grouse are more than capable of landing this pot though their inconsistency make them hard for punters to catch right. Ancient Cross failed to face up to the headgear and is watched in the market without it today. Malcheek should be a decent price and is recommended albeit to small stakes.
Spin Again (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Flores Sea (9-3) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Mar.
Dorn Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 9l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Bravely (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Stumbled start, held up, not much room over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Shotley Mac (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Nov.
Malcheek (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 13, 6l behind Minority Report (8-11) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sept.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 15-2 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 8th of 9, 19l behind Shotley Mac (9-1) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) hvy in Nov.
H Harrison (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led for 1f, chased leader, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Djalalabad (8-13) at W'hampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Stonehaugh (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Led for 1f, remained handy until driven and weakened final furlong, 4th of 14, 5l behind Le Chiffre (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs in Aug.
Punching 5-2 (9-4) Held up, headway to track leaders 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Colorus (8-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Mar.
Ancient Cross 7-2jt-fav (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Keys of Cyprus (9-3) at Ayr 7f hcap (5) hvy in Sept.
Red Cape (FR) 10-1 (8-11) Led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Stonecrabstomorrow (8-6) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
If You Knew Suzy 12-1 (9-9) Raced keenly, led to over 6f out, stayed tracking leader, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed just over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Satwa Gold (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 1f mdn stk (5) pol in Mar.
Mission Impossible 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Imprimis Tagula (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Angaric (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, last of 9, 10l behind Punching (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Ergo (FR) 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pulled hard, headway on outside over 2f out, led over 1f out, well in command inside final furlong, ran on well, won at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Mar beating Waldorf (9-4) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
No Grouse 18-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 8l behind Smarty Socks (8-9) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct.