HAWKSPRING can take this at the principal expense of Chocolicious and Kinigi. Stewart Parr's charge has had plenty of racing over the winter period and while moderate, sets a fair standard on the basis of a fair second in a similar contest last time out. Chocolicious is interesting in that potentially he is unexposed. He was clearly fancied by somebody on his first visit to Southwell and this is a drop in trip. Kinigi won a couple of plating contests for Simon Callaghan but will have a brief absence to overcome. Helpmeronda represents that aforementioned trainer and is of plenty of interest given that his father has produced plenty of winners over this trip in the past. Kheskianto has shown plenty of speed in the past so expect to see Marco Botti's runner raced prominently. A race of limited betting appeal and we are with Hawkspring.
Hawkspring (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, led 1f out, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Patronne (8-6) at Southwell 1m 3yo sll (6) fbs.
Kinigi (IRE) Evensfav (8-8) Led 1f, chased leaders after, ridden to chase leader 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Paint Splash (8-1) at Southwell 7f 2yo sll (6) fbs in Dec.
Foxtrot Bravo (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Disputed lead, ridden and weakened quickly 2f out, last of 10, 16l behind Pezula Bay (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Dec.
Chocolicious (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Took keen hold to lead, headed halfway, driven over 1f, one paced final furlong, 4th of 7, 2l behind Hellbender (8-13) at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Helpmeronda 28-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 9, 9l behind Svindal (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Kheskianto (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Raced keenly, prominent, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Smalljohn (8-9) at W'hampton 7f 2yo clm (6) pol in Dec.
Premier Demon (IRE) 50-1 (7-12) Led early, lost place over 4f out, last of 8, 15l behind Gone Hunting (8-10) at W'hampton 6f 3yo clm (6) pol in Jan.
Royal Mischief (IRE) 66-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, soon eased, 8th of 10, 8l behind Fantastic Fred (8-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Jan.