Hillbilly Boy scored over 7f at Wolverhampton last Saturday and should confirm superiority with third-placed Maypole Joe. However, he's unproven over today's extra furlong and LADY LUNCHALOT is preferred. She was beaten a couple of lengths in a maiden over track and trip last month and the form has since been boosted by the runner-up winning. Further improvement is expected and she can open her account in this as last week's Southwell winner, Napinda, has plenty to find on today's terms.
Hillbilly Boy (IRE) 4-6fav (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd well over 2f out, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Finaz (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Lady Lunchalot (USA) 5-2 (8-7) Chased leading pair, went 2nd under pressure inside final 2f, no chance with winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Maxi Dress (8-7) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll (5) pol in Jan.
Maypole Joe (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Chased leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Hillbilly Boy (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.
Napinda 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge from over 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Shearian (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.