Luctor Emergo won an amateurs event over 1m6f here a week ago. He'll need more today under a penalty while Blades Lad was still well beaten when third over track and trip on his latest start. Candyman Can and Gentlemax are hard to separate given both won maiden races over 1m4f at Lingfield last time and beat the same horse in the process by a neck and a head respectively. Grandad Mac failed to cope with a double penalty for his earlier double at this track when only seventh last time, so a tentative vote goes to BOLD AND FREE to improve on his earlier three length defeat here with a 7lb claimer helping his cause today.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, held on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp (0-70) (5) fbs in Jan beating Honest Strike (10-5) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Blades Lad 7-1 (9-10) Led early, with leader, led over 7f out, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Staff Sergeant (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Danisa 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, weakened 3f out, 5th of 7, 12l behind Slip of The Tongue (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Candyman Can (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Took keen hold, chased leader, ridden over 3f out, led over 2f out, driven and pressed inside final furlong, stayed on and always holding on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating After The Storm (9-9) by nk, 7 ran.
Grandad Mac 4-1 (10-4) Driven forward to lead soon after start, headed over 4f out, weakened quickly, 7th of 9, 16l behind Fire In Babylon (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Gentlemax (FR) 25-1 (9-5) Took keen hold early, tracked leader 2f, tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 5f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, stayed on to lead last strides, won at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating After The Storm (9-9) by hd, 5 ran.
Arashi 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Staff Sergeant (9-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Bold And Free 12-1 (8-12) Prominent, led 5f out, ridden and headed 3f out, still every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Dynastic (8-10) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.