Another competitive sprint and much tougher than the races won by Novellen Lad and Googlette on their latest starts. Elna Bright and Five Star Junior will also need a bit more having found today's opponent Capone too good in similar company over C&D in November and the latter has every chance of following up, but preference goes to OASIS DANCER. He ran out the impressive winner of a conditions sprint at Wolverhampton last month with runner-up Piscean beaten four lengths and Ralph Beckett's charge looks the one to beat on that evidence. Colonel Mak is interesting on his all-weather debut, but may need the outing after three months off.
Malcheek (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 10l behind Makbullet (8-9) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct.
Colonel Mak 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders over 3f, soon lost place, 17th of 20, 12l behind Sirius Prospect (9-5) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gd in Oct.
Oasis Dancer 7-4fav (8-11) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, challenged inside final 2f, led over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, readily, won at Wolverhampton 6f stks (3yo+) (4) pol in Dec beating Piscean (8-11) by 4l, 6 ran.
Capone (IRE) 9-2fav (8-13) Raced in final pair, plenty to do 2f out, headway entering final furlong, soon switched right, ridden and ran on strongly to lead post, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov beating Dickie's Lad (8-9) by hd, 12 ran.
Five Star Junior (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 4l behind Capone (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Elna Bright 14-1 (8-12) Towards rear, some headway approaching final furlong, no impression, 9th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Loyalty (9-3) at Lingfield 1m stks (3yo+) (3) pol in Dec.
Norville (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Capone (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Fratellino 40-1 (8-9) Raced towards far side, tracked leader, outpaced approaching 2f out, rallied to have every chance inside final furlong, ran on, 2nd of 24, 2l behind Pastoral Player (9-1) at Newmarket 6f hcp (2) gf in May.
Piscean (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Oasis Dancer (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (3yo+) (4) pol in Dec.
Seek The Fair Land 11-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Clockmaker (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Dec.
Googlette (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, soon tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, joined inside final furlong when rider dropped reign, ran on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov beating New Leyf (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.
Novellen Lad (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure to lead last strides, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Shifting Star (9-3) by shd, 9 ran.