Not a race to get heavily involved with and BRIGHT SPARKY gets the vote to have the measure of Jackie Kiely. The Mick Easterby-trained selection is 1lb lower than the mark from which he won a course and distance handicap this time last year, his sole success on the level. He arrives here having been kept fit from a busy enough winter campaign and in putting up Serena Brotherton in this sort of contest, the trainer is perhaps suggesting that today will be the day, so we will side with him. Jackie Kiely has been far more successful here, winning eight times, mostly recent over this trip. He is 18lbs lower than that win, which came over two years ago, but there has been at least some encouragement from recent runs and he can show up very well at this level. Nawamees is another plummeting in the weights in recent times. He goes well here, although his best form has been in sellers and claimers. Bansha could improve for a slight drop in trip and a recent pipe-opener after a lengthy absence, while the trip will suit Jiggalong, who is well-handicapped judged on her Kempton win in December, although has to prove herself on this surface. It's been a long time between drinks for Cragganmore Creek, who is the sole competitor boasting a course and distance success, and if able to reproduce anything like his old form he would have a chance from a mark of 45, but in a poor race Bright Sparky is the pick.
Nawamees (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Led, ridden, joined over 3f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 10l behind Bavarica (10-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f Am hcp (5) pol.
Key Partners (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Pulled hard, in touch, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 25l behind Dandygrey Russett (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun '08.
Jackie Kiely 11-4fav (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 5l behind Greenbelt (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Bright Sparky (GER) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, driven and lost place 5f out, ridden and stayed on final 2f, never nearer, 4th of 11, 7l behind Russian Music (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Flaming Blaze 20-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 16l behind Barodine (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Jiggalong 16-1 (8-11) Always behind, 10th of 13, 7l behind Turkish Sultan (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Easy Wonder (GER) 11-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, in rear, pulled hard and never on terms, 7th of 10, 5l behind Chanrossa (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (6) pol.
Bernix 100-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 6th of 9, 11l behind Dream In Blue (8-12) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Cragganmore Creek 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, hard ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Playful Asset (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Jan.
Boy Dancer (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Held up, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 10, 12l behind All Guns Firing (9-4) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Copper Sovereign 66-1 (8-13) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, 23l behind Ocean Legend (8-13) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol in Oct.
Bansha (IRE) 125-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3f out, 9th of 13, 26l behind Aaman (9-0) at Southwell 1m 6f app hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan.
Candilejas 20-1 (9-7) Raced wide, pushed along, always in rear, 6th of 9, 23l behind Reverend Green (9-12) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Six of Clubs 100-1 (8-6) Chased leader, led over 3f out until over 2f out, soon weakened, well beaten when hung left over 1f out, 5th of 6, 18l behind Clear Sailing (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.