BEDLOE'S ISLAND had his first start on the all-weather since 2008 when making his Fibresand debut over track and trip last month. He beat Equitania, Royal Bajan and Silken Express in that order with Even Stevens and Khawatim further behind. There should be more to come from Alan McCabe's charge on this surface and he can go in again. The admirable Tax Free is also lightly-raced on the all-weather and scored at Kempton last time with Royal Bajan well beaten. He has claims on that form if proving suited to the Fibresand, but Prohibit hasn't looked the force of old this year, though he has slipped 18lb down the weights as a consequence.
Jiroft (ITY) 20-1 (9-1) 9th of 10, 6l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Equitania 20-1 (8-2) Pressed leader until ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Tarooq (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Khawatim 33-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, always outpaced in rear, 13th of 14, 13l behind Bedloe's Island (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec.
Prohibit 10-1 (8-13) last of 10, 7l behind Forest Edge (9-6) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Dec.
Silken Express (IRE) 5-1fav (9-4) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, just held, 4th of 14, 1/2l behind Bedloe's Island (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec.
Even Stevens 6-1 (9-5) With leaders, ridden and lost place 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Bedloe's Island (8-13) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec.
Fratellino 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 13l behind Dubai Hills (9-1) at Southwell 7f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) fbs in Dec.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, headway when not much room 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, led final stride, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec beating Equitania (9-2) by hd, 14 ran.
Tax Free (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Pressed leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, ridden out, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec beating Nafa (9-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Rusty Rocket (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven out, won at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Nov beating Ambitious Icarus (9-2) by hd, 12 ran.
Powerful Wind (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Tracked leader, edged right and led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Thorpe Bay (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Royal Bajan (USA) 4-1 (9-5) In touch, pushed along on outside halfway, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 8l behind Tax Free (9-5) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.