ACE OF SPIES races mostly on the all-weather nowadays though he can boast three previous wins on turf. He's been in good form at Southwell recently and has leading claims in this if running up to the same level. Northern Bolt won over C&D last season off a 5lb lower mark and makes a quick reappearance after finishing fourth at Thirsk on Saturday while Spirit Of Coniston has scored four times here over the minimum trip, but has yet to win at any track over today's distance. Prince James and Greenhead High were both successful at Wolverhampton over the winter but have lost their way of late.
Northern Bolt 9-1 (9-4) Reminder soon after start, behind and outpaced, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 4th of 15, 7l behind Half A Crown (8-6) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Pushed along in rear, driven over 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, no impression near finish, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Punching (9-4) at Southwell 6f sell stks (6) fbs.
Pulsatilla 11-1 (9-7) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Fluctuation (9-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Greenhead High 13-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced when edged left inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 11th of 15, 22l behind Half A Crown (8-6) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Prince James 12-1 (8-8) Not much room start, soon detatched and outpaced in rear, kept on inside final furlong, never a factor, 11th of 15, 14l behind Boucher Garcon (8-5) at Catterick 5f app hcp (6) gs.
Blueberry Fizz (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 5l behind Dorothy's Dancing (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Spirit of Coniston 13-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Boucher Garcon (8-2) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Forty Proof (IRE) 18-1 (10-2) Prominent, went 2nd 4f out until ridden 2f out, soon beaten, 9th of 13, 15l behind Enjoyment (10-7) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Andrasta 25-1 (8-7) Dwelt, mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind Henry Morgan (9-0) at Redcar 6f app hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Simple Rhythm 25-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 46l behind Rightcar (9-1) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 100-1 (8-2) Led until halfway, chased leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Dickie Le Davoir (8-4) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.