Punching got first run on some higher rated rivals and held on for a narrow victory in a claimer over 6f here last week. He's a winner over today's trip and should go well again, as should Eastern Hills who drops back in distance after scoring here last time. The Lock Master showed signs of a revival on his latest start but the vote goes to DUBAI HILLS. Bryan Smart's gelding finished a respectable third over 6f here last month and is worth another chance off his current mark, though Fault also has claims at his best.
Punching 9-2 (8-12) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs beating Abbondanza (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Amary (IRE) 33-1 (8-3) Slowly into stride, behind, moderate headway over 1f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 6l behind Avonrose (8-10) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs.
Fault 14-1 (9-7) Raced in rear, switched right and effort over 1f out, soon no impression, 7th of 9, 8l behind Sunset Kitty (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
The Lock Master (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Steed (8-4) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Eastern Hills 3-1 (8-6) Always prominent, led over 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Miss Bootylishes (9-2) by 2l, 5 ran.
Dubai Hills 5-1fav (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Victorian Bounty (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Nov.
Peter's Gift (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Lord Of The Dance (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Fathey (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Soon pushed along and chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 7, 17l behind Olympic Dream (8-9) at Southwell 7f stks 0-55 (6) fbs.
Fyodorovich (USA) 18-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, pushed along in last, went modest 4th inside final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 10l behind Ace Of Spies (9-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs.