Even Stevens and Monsieur Jamie carry 6lb penalties for their recent victories here and Flash City also won here before finding John Jenkins' charge too good last time. All three like to force the pace and this could play into the hands of INSOLENCEOFOFFICE. Placed on his first six starts, Ann Duffield's consistent colt has won his last three outings on Polytrack and if his principal rivals cut each others throats in front, he will be there to pounce at the finish. Sacrosanctus has a bit to find with the selection on recent form.
Insolenceofoffice (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders on inside, switched left over 1f out, pressed leader just inside final furlong, ridden and ran on to lead final strides, readily, won at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov beating Crimson Cloud (9-2) by nk, 8 ran.
Flash City (ITY) 5-4fav (9-4) Disputed lead until well over 1f out, soon ridden and one pace, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Monsieur Jamie (8-13) at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs.
Sacrosanctus 4-1 (9-5) Raced wide held up, headway on outer when ridden and edged right over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind Insolenceofoffice (9-9) at Kempton 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Monsieur Jamie 10-3 (8-13) Disputed lead until led over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, won at Southwell 5f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs beating Flash City (9-4) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Even Stevens 5-1 (8-12) Made all, ridden clear final furlong, unchallenged, won at Southwell 6f 2yo hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Finn's Rainbow (9-7) by 4l, 8 ran.