A trappy small-field contest where LE TOREADOR is a tentative pick, while Ivory Silk is probably the biggest threat. The selection has not been seen since October, when his turf form had tailed right off. The break will hopefully have served him well, and his record of two wins from three starts on artificial surfaces is encouraging. He is weighted to be very competitive today and in what could be a tactical affair he is suggested. Ivory Silk is 7lbs higher than his most recent win, which came 11 starts and 14 months ago at Wolverhampton. He showed good form though last time out when runner-up at that same track, over this trip, and is much respected. Pawan is 11lbs lower than his last win, and although he has scored over course and distance some six years ago, he reserves his best for Southwell and is taken on. Hoh Hoh Hoh has never yet won away from turf and on recent evidence it would be a shock if he proved up to the task today, and Le Toreador marginally makes most appeal.
Le Toreador 9-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 22l behind The Nifty Fox (8-6) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Hoh Hoh Hoh 14-1 (8-12) Dwelt, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 5l behind Nickel Silver (8-12) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Ivory Silk 11-1 (8-4) Went right start, soon switched left to inside, held up in rear, good headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final f, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Matsunosuke (9-6) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Pawan (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along to chase leading pair, ran on well towards finish, held when rider eased up last strides, 3rd of 4, 3/4l behind Colorus (8-2) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.