A tough start to the day and we will put forward PROFICIENCY to get the better of Kalasam, William's Way and Ghufa. Tim Walford's filly was making her handicap debut at Nottingham last time when she finished third behind Dream Of Olwyn. She looks progressive and with trip and ground to suit she can get punters off to a winning start. Kalasam looks the best alternative, especially as the return to this quicker surface should suit. His trainer Mick Easterby often targets this meeting and he is one to note in the market. William's Way arrives here with a race fitness edge on some of his rivals, but this drop in trip is not sure to play to his strengths. Ghufa has started to drop to a more attractive mark and he only found the progressive General Tufto too good last time. Wester Lodge and All In The Red are others worth a mention, but for the winner we will stick with the unexposed Proficiency.
Ghufa (IRE) 11-4 (9-1) Led, set steady pace, quickened 4f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2l behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp (5) fbs.
Dragon Slayer (IRE) 15-2 (8-7) Led over 7f out, weakened over 3f out, soon last, last of 7, 27l behind Supercast (8-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
William's Way 9-2 (9-4) Held up not far away, raced keenly, rapid headway to lead over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Calculating (8-6) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
King's Ransom 12-1 (8-4) Prominent, ridden 3f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 10, 3l behind Fremen (9-1) at Lingfield 1m app hcp (4) pol.
All In The Red (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up, headway 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Dichoh (9-5) at W'hampton 1m 1f clm (6) pol.
Kingsholm 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 46l behind Plush (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Kalasam 13-2 (11-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, one pace, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Hucking Heat (10-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f amt hcp 0-80 (5) gs in Oct.
Just Observing 33-1 (8-6) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Wabbraan (8-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Street Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, behind, pushed along halfway, some late headway, never troubled leaders, 5th of 8, 8l behind Red Somerset (8-12) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct '07.
Black Beauty 5-1 (8-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from over 2f out, 12th of 17, 16l behind Shayrazan (9-3) at Galway 1m hcp 0-90 gs in Aug '07.
Top Seed (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Held up in last, pushed along over 4f out, lost touch final 3f, 7th of 8, 40l behind Sheer Fantastic (8-4) at W'hampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Dovedon Hero 20-1 (10-12) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 3f out, kept on to chase clear winner over 1f out, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Snowberry Hill (10-6) at W'hampton 1m 6f amt hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Director's Chair 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 8f out, pressed and headed just over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, 7th of 9, 11l behind My Shadow (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Bailieborough (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Went right start, mid-division, not much room over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression when not much room inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 9l behind Snow Dancer (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Wester Lodge (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Slowly away, held up in rear, headway and hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind William's Way (10-10) at W'hampton 1m 6f amt hcp (5) pol.
Proficiency 33-1 (9-9) Close up, led halfway, headed over 3f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Dream of Olwyn (9-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f ldy rds hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Strategic Knight (USA) 15-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 9l behind Cap St Jean (8-8) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Iceman George 9-2 (8-6) Keen, close up, chased leader over 4f out until over 2f out, soon ridden, hung badly right final furlong and lost 3rd place, 4th of 8, 6l behind General Tufto (8-8) at Southwell 1m 3f app hcp (5) fbs.
Borouj (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 9, well behind Wabbraan (8-6) at Southwell 1m 4f sll (6) fbs in Feb.
Revolving World (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, headway 4f out, ridden 3f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 12, 7l behind Itsy Bitsy (8-6) at Yarmouth 1m 2f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.