Hard to make a strong case for any of this bunch and ATLANTIC BEACH gets only a token vote as he has the best recent form on the Polytrack. Course regular Elusive Warrior has done all his winning to date over 7f while Irish import Hittin'the Skids also won over 7f on his debut for Kevin Ryan but was beaten at odds-on last time. Red Shadow and Ishi both scored on the Polytrack at the end of last year and Ace Of Spies would have a chance on his best form at this course but was engaged to run here yesterday.
Atlantic Beach 10-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 9, 4l behind Secret Millionaire (9-5) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Marshall Art 7-1 (9-2) Bumped start, led 5f out and clear with two others, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Spinning Ridge (8-13) at Lingfield 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Elusive Warrior (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Ace Of Spies (9-0) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 5-4fav (9-12) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2nd and dropped to 4th towards finish, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dhhamaan (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Red Shadow 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 10l behind Kai (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Ace of Spies (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Prominent, lost place 2f out, last of 7, 6l behind Dixie Gwalia (9-3) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Mucky Molly 4-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden 3f out, hung right and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 10l behind Beach Candy (9-13) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Compton Target (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon headway, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 7l behind Litmus (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Ishi 20-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Fleetwoodsands (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Catalyze 9-4fav (8-13) Held up in touch, went 3rd over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression on leaders over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Nurse Dominatrix (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov.
Bird Dog 100-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 15l behind Drawnfromthepast (9-2) at Lingfield 5f clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Skiddaw View 200-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, went6th over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 18l behind Self Employed (9-7) at Thirsk 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.