A wide open affair to start to proceedings. Ysper won a maiden race over track and trip last week but will need to improve further under a penalty while Imjin River also carries 6lb extra for his recent win at this track. Dancing Freddy finished closer at Lingfield last time and is a course and distance winner while Iffranesia has been in fine form on the Polytrack and makes her Fibresand debut. Sir Geoffrey is not easily dismissed dropping back down a grade but a speculative vote goes to stablemate CADEAUX PEARL. He was placed here last month off a 5lb higher mark and Tom Queally's presence suggests it could be his turn today.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Outpaced, under pressure halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 6l behind Rambo Will (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Iffranesia (FR) 5-2fav (9-4) Held up, switched right over 2f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 10, shd behind Give Us A Belle (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Ysper (FR) 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, smooth progress to lead over 1f out, driven clear inside final furlong, readily, won at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs beating Precariously Good (8-6) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Flirtinaskirt 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened halfway, 8th of 10, 11l behind Powerful Wind (9-6) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Fairy Wing (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders on inside over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 16l behind Basingstoke (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Cadeaux Pearl 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders until lost place 2f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Caramack (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Dancing Freddy (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Speak The Truth (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb.
Guishan 5-1 (9-8) Led until before halfway, soon rallied, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Layla's Hero (9-6) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Imjin River (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out to chase leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on well, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs beating Commandable (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Catflap (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Lujeanie (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.