Saharia has been threatening to get his head back in front and just edges it at the weights. He should take care of both Bashama and Captain Cavallo on these terms but RED SOMERSET will prove a more dangerous opponent. Mike Murphy's veteran has won his last four visits to this track and had subsequent dual winner Faithful Ruler back in third here last month. He gets the vote given Xpres Maite hasn't raced since November and has a bit to find on his return.
Red Somerset (USA) 7-4 (9-1) Held up in 4th, headway on outside 3f out, ridden and strayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Paphos (8-7) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (6) pol in Jan.
Captain Cavallo 33-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Spark Of Genius (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Saharia (IRE) 5-2 (9-10) Held up in last pair, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, ridden and stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Classic Colori (9-10) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.
Xpres Maite 20-1 (8-12) Set steady pace, ridden and headed over 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 5l behind La Estrella (9-10) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Bashama 250-1 (8-5) Led, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 7, 1l behind Hurricane Spirit (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol.