NIGHT FLASH is on the upgrade judged on a couple of convincing wins at this track last month. He scored easily over 7f last time, but had won over C&D before that and the hat trick beckons despite a 10lb rise. Next Cry opened his account over track and trip last time and should make another bold bid, though stablemate Not Bad For A Boy may improve for his first try over a mile. Harry Buckle produced a better effort to take second at Wolverhampton on his latest start and could figure on his handicap debut ahead of Cockney Rocker.
Night Flash (GER) 7-2fav (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov beating Karma Chameleon (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Not Bad For A Boy (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Always prominent, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Asifa (9-7) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Next Cry (USA) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led and edged right entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov beating Fairyinthewind (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Harry Buckle 8-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, ran on final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Shihab (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Cockney Rocker 14-1 (9-3) Pulled hard tracked leaders, chased winner 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 9l behind Electrician (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Good Luck Charm 12-1 (9-1) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 15l behind Emmuska (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Excellent News (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Tumooh (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Weood (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Dwelt and pushed left start, soon chasing leaders, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 11th of 12, 13l behind Pearl Secret (9-3) at York 5f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct.