Nick The Odds beat little in a seller at Wolverhampton last week but won easily and had scored over course and distance before that. He looks likely to figure once again while Black Geronimo could also get involved on his return having landed a claiming race over 6f here in November by three lengths. SKY RANGER last raced in the same month when third over track and trip. James Tate's filly has lots of scope for improvement this year and is taken to open her account. Fruit Pastille's yard enjoys plenty of winners at this venue and she's another to consider after four starts on the Polytrack.
Nick The Odds (IRE) 6-5fav (9-4) Disputed lead early, chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and edged left well over 1f out, hung right entering final furlong, soon clear, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating Cascadia (8-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Black Geronimo 5-1 (8-6) Made all, ridden out, won at Southwell 6f 2yo clm stks (6) fbs in Nov beating Soul Instinct (8-8) by 3l, 11 ran.
Sky Ranger (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) With leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed when flashed tail over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bousfield (8-10) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Fruit Pastille 12-1 (9-7) Went green to post, held up in mid-division on outside, hampered over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 13, 4l behind Basil Berry (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Beautiful Stranger 3-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Poetic Choice (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Evacusafe Lady 16-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, last of 11, 8l behind Dont Have It Then (8-12) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Intense Feeling (IRE) 3-1 (7-7) Soon led, ridden well over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Little Big Man (8-7) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Kraka Gym (IRE) 22-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, every chance 2f out, soon lost place, 8th of 10, 8l behind Lady Marl (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Mornin Mr Norris 5-1 (8-7) Close up, outpaced halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Roving Bunny (9-7) at Carlisle 7f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep.
Romantic Bliss (IRE) 20-1 (8-0) Held up, ridden and effort over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind El Duque (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo sell stks (6) pol.