Borough Boy beat Pearl Noir, who is engaged in the opening race, over track and trip last week. But this is tougher and BEACHWOOD BAY is preferred. A dual course and distance winner, the latter can race off a lower mark that the last of those victories if an apprentice's allowance taken into account and finished ahead of Belle Bayardo here in November. Ivestar and Captain Scooby are winners on the Polytrack, though Grace Hull looks to have stronger claims on her earlier second to Fathom Five at this venue. The latter has struggled since, however, while Prince Of Passion remains inconsistent though capable on his day.
Fathom Five (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed halfway, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 6l behind Thorpe Bay (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Beachwood Bay 2-1 (9-1) Chased leader, every chance over 1f out, kept on well, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Arabian Flight (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Belle Bayardo (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden and stayed on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Welease Bwian (9-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Captain Scooby 14-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, outpaced, detatched halfway, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Sir Geoffrey (8-9) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Prince Of Passion (CAN) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Izzy Boy (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Borough Boy (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Raced wide in touch, headway and edged left over 1f out, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Southwell 6f stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Dec beating Pearl Noir (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Ivestar (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Grace Hull 9-2 (9-4) With leader, driven to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair final 110 yards, lost 3rd post, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Izzy Boy (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Prigsnov Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, 7th of 10, 5l behind Give Us A Belle (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Night Trade (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, ridden over 1f out, lost place inside final furlong, no extra, 8th of 10, 7l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
All Right Now 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, under pressure 3f out, kept on same pace approaching final furlong, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Arabian Flight (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Dec.
Molly Jones 12-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, behind most of way, 8th of 11, 11l behind Gaelic Wizard (8-10) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Madame Kintyre 10-1 (8-10) Raced wide chasing leader, pushed along and lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened rapidly, last of 9, 14l behind Foie Gras (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.