SOUTHANDWEST's handicap mark continues to suffer as a result of some good efforts but he still looks to hold a leading chance and is selected here ahead of Tamagin, Trafalgar Square and Opus Maximus. Stan Moore's five-year-old has struggled off this sort of mark in the past, however he ran well last time at the track when he was unlucky in running. Luke Morris is back in the saddle and having steered the horse to his most recent wins, he is fancied to do so again. Trafalgar Square comes here chasing a hat-trick but this looks much tougher, Tamagin is dropped in class and is starting to look fairly handicapped, whilst Divinsky is a game front-runner and any horse who gets past him will know that they have had a race. Capricorn Run continues to edge down the weights and he is not one to take lightly, but perhaps a bigger danger might be Opus Maximus. Mark Johnston's gelding was in very good form when last seen in the Autumn and he has won on the all-weather before at Lingfield (also run well here in defeat). A fascinating handicap, but preference is for Southandwest.
Tamagin (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Pressed leader, ridden and effort 2f out, no extra and lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Doubtful Sound (8-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Fajr (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and short lived effort over 2f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Mahadee (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f stk (2) pol in Jan.
Geezers Colours 28-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 12l behind Bellomi (9-4) at Epsom 7f 3yo hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Southandwest (IRE) 11-4fav (9-8) Held up, ridden and switched left, headway over 1f out, leant on and kept on under pressure, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Resplendent Nova (9-0) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Dvinsky (USA) 6-1 (9-10) Led until 2f out, soon under pressure and weakened, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mogok Ruby (8-9) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Capricorn Run (USA) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, carried right on bend approaching straight, kept on, 4th of 7, 3l behind Orchard Supreme (9-5) at W'hampton 7f stk (2) pol in Jan.
Opus Maximus (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) With leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 23, 2l behind Charlie Tipple (8-9) at Redcar 1m hcap (2) gd in Oct.
Trafalgar Square 11-10fav (9-3) Close up 4th, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, stayed on steadily inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan beating Mr Lambros (8-11) by a nk, 5 ran.
Willkandoo (USA) 3-1 (9-4) Led after 1f , ridden and headed approaching 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 8l behind Southandwest (9-4) at W'hampton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.