Barnet Fair and Fifth In Line have both posted efforts on the Polytrack good enough to win this contest but are making their Fibresand debuts. Sir Mark Prescott's newcomer El Djebena would be of interest if attracting support in the betting but this can go to SPEEDY JOE. He showed a big improvement on his debut effort at Wolverhampton when finishing a close-up third over C&D last month and normal improvement can see him take this.
Barnet Fair 7-2fav (9-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mi Regalo (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
El Djebena (IRE) Invincible Spirit gelding out of Sun Seasons.
Speedy Joe 16-1 (9-3) Dwelt, chased leaders, hard driven and effort over 2f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Verrazano (8-12) at Southwell 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Fifth In Line (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Went right start, led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Mi Regalo (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.