Most of these look in the handicapper's grip now. Schoolmaster failed in his bid to land a hat-trick off today's mark at Kempton last time and Prime Exhibit has been well beaten since scoring at the same track in October. Waking Warrior and Piceno have posted their best recent efforts at Southwell while Roy The Boy has gone up 5lb in the past couple of months despite not winning. However, JACK WHO'S HE is moving in the opposite direction as he's slipped down the weights and a repeat of Monday's second to Aquilonius at this track would be good enough to land this.
Schoolmaster 7-2 (9-5) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra final furlong, lost 4th near finish, 5th of 11, 5l behind Embankment (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Prime Exhibit 9-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, unable to trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 5l behind Chookie Royale (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Jack Who's He (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up in touch, outpaced and hung right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Waking Warrior 11-2 (8-9) Close up, ridden halfway, stayed on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Outpost (9-4) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Nov.
Piceno (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 4l behind Living Leader (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Roy The Boy (USA) 11-2 (8-9) Removed hood late, slowly away, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Head Of Steam (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Stir Trader (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Tracked leaders, hampered over 6f out, soon went 2nd, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 22l behind Chookie Avon (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Avonrose 8-1 (9-7) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Balti's Sister (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.