BENEATH has just the one win to his name but will be winning soon off his current mark judged on his recent improved form. He's finished third on his last couple of starts here and gets the vote. Most of the opposition are searching for some consistency including December's Lingfield winner Resplendent Alpha and course winner Ashgrove Nell, who were both well beaten on their latest starts, while Ice Cold Bex and Hilbre Court have failed to step up on earlier placed efforts. Flying Applause was runner-up here in November and should be thereabouts again off a lower mark today.
Resplendent Alpha 10-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on, never near leaders, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Needwood Ridge (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ice Cold Bex 16-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 23l behind Qeethaara (8-11) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Ashgrove Nell (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, under pressure over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Beggers Belief (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Beneath 4-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, badly hampered on inside well over 3f out, not clear run from over 2f out until headway over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, nearest finish, not recover, 3rd of 12, hd behind Black Iceman (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Hilbre Court (USA) 15-2 (8-11) Raced wide mid-division, ridden 3f out, not troubled leaders, 8th of 14, 17l behind Fluctuation (8-10) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Flying Applause 12-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed approaching 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 11l behind Magic Millie (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Blue Cross Boy (USA) 10-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead 2f out, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Naked Cowboy (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Kirstys Lad 14-1 (8-7) In mid-division when hampered on inside over 7f out, in last trio when not clear run on inside and hit rail well over 2f out, no chance after, 9th of 13, 17l behind Harrys Yer Man (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Cabal 16-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 7l behind Mataajir (8-7) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Blonde Maite 80-1 (8-11) Pulled hard soon tracked leader until over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 21l behind Magic Millie (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Tunza The Lion 100-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up and always behind, 10th of 13, 10l behind Diplomatic (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.