The first division of this sprint could provide some useful pointers as The Strig beat Showboating here a week ago and the latter should figure in this with a similar effort. Sermons Mount also has claims in the previous race and he finished behind HATTA STREAM over C&D last month. Lydia Pearce's sprinter is 3lb higher today but remains on a winning mark and is just preferred to Speak The Truth, who landed a C&D double when successful here last Saturday. He's closely matched with runner-up Captain Dimitrios on that form, but he should have the beating of Aldermoor, Waabel and Picansort once again.
Captain Scooby 10-1 (8-6) Chased leader until 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Alben Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Night Trade (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, behind, no chance when not clearest of runs on inside over 2f out, 11th of 13, 9l behind Alben Star (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Ice Trooper 4-1fav (9-4) Ridden to lead, set strong pace, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 6l behind Restless Bay (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Hatta Stream (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Arctic Lynx (9-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Punching 22-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 8l behind Woolfall Sovereign (9-6) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Showboating (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind The Strig (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Speak The Truth (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol beating Captain Dimitrios (8-12) by hd, 10 ran.
Aldermoor (USA) 13-2 (9-6) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Speak The Truth (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Baby Dottie 11-1 (8-3) Raced wide held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 4l behind Baldemar (9-5) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug.
Picansort 4-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up in touch, lost place well over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Speak The Truth (8-13) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Captain Dimitrios 13-2 (8-12) Led, hard driven well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, rallied close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Speak The Truth (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Waabel 3-1fav (8-13) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Speak The Truth (8-12) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.