Maxwell Hawke continues to frustrate and of more interest are Watch Amigo and APACHE RIDGE with notional preference for the latter. This is a competitive contest with some experienced handicappers and the likes of Jimwil and Toby Tyler have to be respected whilst Maxwell Hawke has been the subject of morning money once or twice including on his return at Thirsk where he trailed home in last. He's lightly enough raced and is clearly deemed to be well handicapped but preference is for Apache Ridge who also finished in last place as a beaten favourite when last seen. However, it may be worth forgiving him that poor run on the fibresand and he remains of interest on the balance of his turf form. Watch Amigo showed promise in two all-weather maidens and there was plenty to like about his handicap bow at Pontefract where he was dropped back to six furlongs. The run should bring him on and he shapes as though he'll appreciate moving back up in distance and should go well but we're siding with Apache Ridge.
Bahamian Lad 13-2 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mo Mhuirnin (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Maxwell Hawke (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Slowly into stride, always behind, last of 13, 11l behind Leonid Glow (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Watch Amigo (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, prominent halfway, weakened 2f out, 4th of 12, 6l behind Cornus (7-13) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Apache Ridge (IRE) 7-2fav (8-8) Soon crossed over to lead, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 25l behind Tin Cha Woody (8-8) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Feb.
Jimwil (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, travelling well over 1f out, ran on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not reached winner, 2nd of 18, 1l behind Liberty Trail (9-1) at Redcar 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Night Lily (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Led early, always prominent, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, held on, won at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep beating Cloudesley (9-3) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Barataria 66-1 (8-11) Started very slowly, ridden 4f out, always behind, last of 15, 41l behind Academy Blues (9-4) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Toby Tyler 16-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, hung left final furlong, ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Academy Blues (9-4) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
He's A Humbug (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden over 1 f out, soon headway on outer, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 8l behind Tangerine Trees (9-3) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
El Dececy (USA) 25-1 (8-8) Prominent, under pressure over 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 13, 4l behind Leonid Glow (9-2) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Final Drive (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Held up toward rear, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Alqaahir (8-9) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Resplendent Alpha 16-1 (8-6) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 9, 11l behind Peter Island (8-8) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, 5th of 11, 3l behind Flores Sea (9-2) at Southwell 7f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Kheskianto (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Slightly hampered start, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 11l behind Ponting (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Sairaam (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) In rear, ridden halfway, some headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 10, 5l behind Madison Belle (8-6) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.