The betting suggested Exceeding Power was expected to come good at Wolverhampton last time and he duly did so. He's upped 6lb but should go close again if handling the track. There are no doubts LITTLE BIG MAN acts on this surface and he gets the nod on that basis after finishing runner-up over track and trip last time. Razin' Hell is a course and distance winner but failed to cope with a rise in the weights back at this venue last week. He does have the beating of Day Star Lad, however, and also makes more appeal than recent Polytrack winner Trinity Lorraine.
Exceeding Power 2-1fav (9-5) Led early, tracked leader, shaken up to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Dancing Sal (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Little Big Man 8-1 (8-12) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, no impresssion, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Captain Secret (9-7) at Southwell 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Sandsman's Girl (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Green Music (9-0) at Wolverhampton 5f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Day Star Lad 10-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 5l behind Razin' Hell (8-11) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Sandfield (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 18l behind Comino (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Sep.
Razin' Hell 10-3 (8-2) Chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Oriental Relation (9-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Trinity Lorraine (IRE) 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Big Kenny (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.