We open with an ultra-competitive handicap sprint in which marginal preference is for last time out Southwell scorer MONTE MAJOR with Grudge and Stash also considered.An all-weather specialist the selection still looks weighted to win despite a couple of pounds heavier than when first on the Fibresand last time. This race doesn't look any tougher and he has a good strike rate at this track.Grudge ran better than the bare form figure shows last time and has looked much more like his old self since scoring over course and distance in November. His mark remains competitive and his raw speed should get him close.Stash is another to considered has he has scope to improve and is down to a new career low rating while Bookiesindex Boy is on a long losing run but as a result is now looking good at the weights so shouldn't be ignored after a better run last time out.A typically tight sprint that can go to Monte Major.
Grudge 4-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden halfway, kept on nearest finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Total Impact (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Bookiesindex Boy 14-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-0) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Ingleby Star (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Monte Major (8-3) at Southwell 5f Apprentice Claiming Stakes (0-70) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Jan.
Kheley (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Keen, led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to lead again over 1f out, headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Total Impact (9-1) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
First Order 40-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, weakened quickly over 2f out, last of 12, 11l behind Fazbee (9-0) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Stash 7-2 (9-0) Led until over 1f out, gradually weakened, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Where's Reiley (8-9) at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Decider (USA) 8-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden along, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Thoughtsofstardom (9-0) at Kempton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Tartatartufata 18-1 (9-4) Outpaced, switched to far side after 2f, stayed on under strong pressure final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 14, 7l behind Restless Genius (8-12) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Monte Major (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Pressed leader, ridden 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Southwell 5f Apprentice Claiming Stakes (0-70) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Jan beating Bo McGinty (8-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Radiator Rooney (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Keen, in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Bishopbriggs (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Almaty Express 10-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Charlie Delta (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f Handicap (0-63) (3yo+) (6) pol in Dec.
Shannon Golden 22-1 (8-8) Held up, ridden 3f out, never nearer, 5th of 10, 10l behind Justcallmehandsome (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Diddums 9-1 (8-4) Held up, weakened approaching 1f out, 8th of 9, 5l behind Jack Rackham (9-3) at Kempton 6f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.