PUTIN pops up at this level when the mood takes him and went close over a mile here a fortnight ago. He gets a token vote in poor contest as both Ivy Port and Masked Dance finished behind him last time and look to have little chance of reversing the form on that showing. Yarmouth winner Sakash is a bigger threat on his Fibresand debut though he's 9lb higher today. Shamrocked and Upper Lambourn look best of the remainder.
Putin (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind McConnell (10-8) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Sakash 5-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, headway under pressure 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Be Royale (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Shamrocked (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, lost place inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 12l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Somethingboutmary 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division on inside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 10, 12l behind Fathom Five (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Ivy Port 9-2fav (10-9) With leader, ridden and every chance 2f out until inside final furlong, faded final 100 yards, 4th of 14, 4l behind McConnell (10-8) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Masked Dance (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 15l behind McConnell (10-8) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Upper Lambourn (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Soon outpaced and behind, switched outside after 1f, lost touch 3f out, last of 8, 17l behind Spitfire (9-5) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Orwellian 20-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, ran on inside final furlong, went 5th final strides, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 12l behind Hannahs Turn (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Nov.
Vale Of Clara (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 12l behind Bitaphon (9-1) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Mousie 20-1 (8-8) Awkward start, tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 8l behind John Coffey (9-6) at Newcastle 6f app hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Red Star Lady (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Tracked leasders, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 25l behind On The Cusp (9-5) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Nov.