Noble Citizen had dropped to his lowest mark for a very long time when scoring over the course and distance under George Buckell last week and as that was an apprentices' race he escapes without a penalty. He looks certain to go well again though TATTING, who was beaten around three lengths, can take his revenge. Chris Dwyer's charge had completed a double over track and trip going into the race and didn't enjoy the best of runs. The Lock Master ran well to finish runner-up in a better class event a couple of weeks ago but had finished almost six lengths behind the selection last month. Raging Bear is also held but Rebellious Guest began last season on a mark of 97 and raced in some top handicaps so he could well be thrown in on his all-weather debut.
Noble Citizen (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, ridden and headway on inside over 2f out, led over 1f out, held on under pressure final 110 yards, won at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-80 (4) fbs beating Aqua Ardens (8-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Rebellious Guest 25-1 (8-6) Raced near side, held up, never a factor, 24th of 27, 19l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f (2) sft in Oct.
The Lock Master (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Slowly into stride, chased leader, outpaced halfway, rallied over 1f out, kept on well, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Frontier Fighter (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Tatting 9-4fav (9-6) Held up in touch, driven over 2f out, chased leaders when not clear run and switched inside over 1f out, not much room inside final furlong, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, unable to challenge front pair, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Noble Citizen (9-2) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Raging Bear (USA) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, behind and outpaced, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 17l behind Tatting (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Arabian Heights 20-1 (8-4) Dwelt, outpaced in rear, never dangerous, last of 5, 23l behind Frontier Fighter (9-4) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.