INWOOD has the form to land this handicap at the expense of Beat The Bell and Came Back. The selection travels from his native Ireland after performing well on the all weather at Dundalk. He won off a mark of 73 before finishing second off a seven pound higher mark. He still looks capable of winning races, has a nice racing weight to carry and is therefore difficult to oppose. Beat The Bell shot up the weights in the autumn after landing at hat-trick of wins on the all weather. He is now twenty pounds higher in the weights as a consequence and has been beaten fair and square in his last three races so is now worth treating with caution. Came Back has been on the move from Kevin Ryan to Jeremy Gask and now in the hands of Anne Stockell after his wins in sellers at Southwell last month. This will be a step up in grade so improvement will be needed. So for the winner we return to Inwood.
Irish Pearl (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace, 6th of 9, 7l behind Pawan (8-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs.
Matsunosuke 7-2jt-fav (9-2) Pushed along and outpaced, never dangerous, last of 9, 13l behind Pawan (8-4) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-100 (2) fbs.
Mr Lambros 8-1 (9-4) Led, headed after 1f, led again over 2f out, headed over 1f out and weakened, 8th of 9, 14l behind Councellor (8-10) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Beat The Bell 10-1 (8-8) Prominent, chased leader over 4f out until well over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2l behind Bazroy (8-9) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Soopacal (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Turn On The Style (9-7) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec.
Came Back (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, effort over 2f, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 10l behind Xpres Maite (8-13) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4).
Epic Odyssey 4-1 (7-13) Chased leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 4, 4l behind Turn On The Style (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Dec.
Inwood (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Rear of mid-division, headway in 7th 1 1/2f out, ridden into 4th 1f out, led last 200yds, headed last 100yds and no extra, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Romeo's On Fire (8-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Dec.