Teophilip's win came in heavy ground and he's been well beaten on Polytrack either side of that Yarmouth victory. Staffhoss and Lucky Di have been running well without success in handicaps since winning their respective maidens but Grilletto came good over track and trip in October and is 5lb higher today. Black Dave went close to recording a hat trick when just denied at Kempton last week but the vote goes to winning debutant STREET BATTLE, who scored by seven lengths over course and distance last month and has plenty of scope for improvement.
Teophilip (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 8l behind Stasio (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo nov stks (4) pol in Nov.
Staffhoss 4-1 (9-4) Led 1f, tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on under pressure on inside over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Club House (8-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Lucky Di 3-1 (9-7) Went left start, led early, chased leader, challenged 2f out, led well over 1f out, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 5, ns behind Blazing Knight (9-5) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Street Battle (USA) 17-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, switched right over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear from over 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan beating Village Green (9-6) by 7l, 7 ran.
Grilletto (USA) 7-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Oct beating Cappadocia (9-4) by 1l, 11 ran.
Black Dave (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Awkwardly away close up, ridden over 2f out, every chance 1f out, driven inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 5, shd behind Ashamaly (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol.