SPITFIRE returned to form with a vengeance over track and trip a fortnight ago, winning a lowly handicap by five lengths. He'll take the beating in this company with a similar effort. Another with recent form at the track is Fathom Five, who had Monnoyer back in third when successful over course and distance last month. Dancing Maite, Alpha Tauri and Sewn Up are all regulars at this venue and the latter makes most appeal back on a winning mark.
Sewn Up 13-2 (9-4) In touch, switched right to challenge over 1f out, stayed on well, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Iceblast (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Spitfire 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, headway over 2f out, soon challenged, led over 1f out, driven clear final furlng, won at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov beating Thorpe Bay (9-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
Avonmore Star 33-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not much room 3f out, not clear run over 1f out, no impression, 13th of 14, 9l behind Emkanaat (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Alpha Tauri (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Ridden along to lead, headed halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 34l behind Illustrious Prince (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Dancing Maite 16-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon prominent, lost 2nd over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 18l behind Big Storm Coming (8-12) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov.
Monnoyer 5-1 (9-6) With leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over, 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, held when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Whisky Bravo 12-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 17l behind Teetotal (9-0) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Angelo Poliziano 25-1 (10-2) Behind, headway on inner over 1f out, one pace, 8th of 12, 6l behind Magical Speedfit (10-1) at Wolverhampton 6f amat hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Bunce (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Pressed leader, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 8, 11l behind Spitfire (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Fathom Five (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, challenged and every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost place final 75 yards, 6th of 10, 4l behind New Rich (9-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
King Vahe (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Prominent, lost place over 2f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind We Have A Dream (9-1) at Lingfield 6f sell stks (6) gf in Aug.