Southwell specialist La Estrella was winning for the seventh time this year on Fibresand when landing a claimer last month but is hard to fancy under these different conditions and RIGHT STUFF is preferred. The latter went very close over C&D the last time he raced at this track in April and has won twice over timber since then. Dark Ranger is another with strong claims on the best of his turf form, but Quinsman was well beaten off today's mark at Wolverhampton on Monday having won a couple of handicaps at the same track before that. Quiz Mistress could prove best of the remainder.
La Estrella (USA) 8-11fav (9-11) Tracked leaders, not much room 3f out, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov beating Kishanda (8-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Right Stuff (FR) 14-1 (9-7) Always in rear, behind from over 2f out, last of 14, 39l behind Gifted Leader (8-13) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Rosewood Lad 20-1 (9-8) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, one pace final 2f, 7th of 13, 12l behind Spice Fair (10-1) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Quinsman 4-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, left chasing leaders in 3rd from 7f out, chased winner over 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Admirable Duque (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Calculating (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) In touch on outside, outpaced over 3f out, soon lost place, behind final 2f, last of 6, 25l behind Epsom Salts (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dark Ranger 17-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Gulf of Naples (9-1) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct.
Blackmore 7-2 (9-6) Reared and missed break, behind until headway and in touch after 5f, outpaced in 3rd over 3f out, ridden and no impression when lost place over 2f out, 4th of 6, 15l behind Epsom Salts (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Quiz Mistress 25-1 (8-8) Dwelt, raced wide in touch, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 14l behind Charleston Lady (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.