Southern State looks yet another well-bred contender for an ordinary winter maiden for Mark Johnston and showed considerable promise on debut when running the more experienced Alfred Hutchinson to less than a length despite running green. His handler is sure to find an opening for him and it may be here but let's take him on with BOW RIVER ARCH. The latter seems sure to set out to make all, having adopted similar tactics the last twice. He was just reeled in by First Rock at Southwell and recently finished fourth in a staying handicap won by Chabada at Wolverhampton over 1m6f. He'll be well suited by the two-furlong drop in trip here and represents the value option. Oneiric and Broughton Sands could also make their presence felt whilst Kangaroo Court, a decent hurdler and chaser, is presumably being sent here to blow away the cobwebs by Emma Lavelle in an interesting move all the same.
Eurhythmic (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Prominent, 2nd halfway, challenged early straight, led over 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 4th of 17, 4l behind Ancient Kingdom (9-0) at Cork 1m 3yo mdn gd in Oct '10.
Kangaroo Court (IRE) 15-2 (11-11) Mid-division on inside, slow 7th, ridden and headway before 3 out, stayed on under pressure flat, unable to reach leaders, 4th of 13, 4l behind Strumble Head (9-12) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Southerness 33-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Dormouse (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Nov.
Chhota Naa 16-1 (9-3) Started slowly, always behind, pushed along 5f out, soon struggling, plugged on, 5th of 7, 10l behind Bert The Alert (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Echos Of Motivator 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, effort over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 12, 12l behind Mount Abora (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Lingtren 66-1 (9-13) Went left start, soon recovered to chase leaders, pushed along halfway, green and weakened inside final 3f, tailed off, last of 6, 43l behind Discoverer (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol.
Southern State (USA) 15-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner when ran green over 1f out, ran on but looked held, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Alfred Hutchinson (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Bow River Arch (USA) 11-2 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Chabada (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Broughton Sands 7-4 (8-12) Held up in last pair, headway to modest 4th inside final 2f, strong run on outer inside final furlong, went 2nd and closed on winner towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Bert The Alert (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Lady Elsie 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, effort over 2f out, soon lost place, 6th of 9, 17l behind Sail Home (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Oneiric 13-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, switched right inside final 3f, driven and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 33l behind L Frank Baum (10-0) at Bath 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep.