OUR IVOR goes from strength to strength on this surface and defied a 7lb rise last week to land a hat-trick of course and distance victories by eight lengths. Mike Appleby's charge can shrug off a penalty and go in again. Caledonia Prince beat lesser competition in a claimer here last time and Piceno looks a bigger threat on the back of his recent third to Light Burst over 7f at this track. Berlusca makes his Fibresand debut and looks high enough in the weights now anyway while Wolverhampton winner Tight Lipped finished a well beaten third on his previous start at the course. Monzino won here last year but is 8lb higher today having won twice at Wolverhampton in January.
Piceno (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Dwelt soon prominent, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Light Burst (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Berlusca (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed just over 1f out, chased leader until well inside final furlong, weakened in closing stages, 5th of 10, 3l behind Scottish Star (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tight Lipped (IRE) 9-2 (9-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on and edged right, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jan beating Solace (8-1) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Caledonia Prince 9-4fav (8-12) Keen tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon hung right, ridden out, won at Southwell 1m 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs beating Flying Pickets (8-10) by 1l, 8 ran.
Monzino (USA) 9-2 (8-13) Held up, pushed along 3f out, ridden and wide straight, no headway, 6th of 8, 9l behind Goldstorm (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 6-1 (8-11) Led and set strong pace, clear 6f out, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 14l behind Refreshestheparts (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks 0-75 (5) pol.
Mazovian (USA) 16-1 (8-1) Soon pushed along in rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 12l behind Light Burst (9-2) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Our Ivor 5-4fav (8-10) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, hung right final furlong, ran on, comfortable, won at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Follow The Flag (9-5) by 8l, 8 ran.