It can pay to stick with a sprinter in form and SLEEPY BLUE OCEAN is just that. A winner over the minimum trip at Southwell and Wolverhampton recently, he split those victories with a creditable third over C&D, and John Balding's charge is taken to continue his progress. Anjomarba won over 6f here last month and that seems her best trip these days while Decider is struggling to get his head back in front off his current mark. Electioneer has slipped down to a tempting mark and Pelmanism is worth noting on his return to action.
Sleepy Blue Ocean 10-3 (9-6) Chased leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Bluebok (8-9) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Anjomarba (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) With leader, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec beating Loyal Royal (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Straboe (USA) 9-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, headway when carried wide on bend well over 1f out, stayed on well, 4th of 9, 5l behind You'relikemefrank (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Decider (USA) 9-2 (10-8) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 13l behind Apache Ridge (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol.
Electioneer (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 4l behind Ajara (8-13) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Silver Linnet (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Steadied start, held up in rear, ran wide entering straight, never on terms, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind You'relikemefrank (9-11) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Pelmanism 8-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear stands side group, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 19, 9l behind Mango Music (9-6) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Raimond Ridge (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Raced towards rear, some headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 9, 6l behind You'relikemefrank (9-3) at Lingfield 5f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Thoughtsofstardom 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 10l behind Kheley (9-0) at Southwell 5f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Fayre Bella 4-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression, 5th of 8, 3l behind Silvee (8-11) at Kempton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Dec.