MAGNITUDE won a Leicester handicap last May off today's mark and hinted at a revival at Southwell last time. Already a winner on Polytrack, Brian Baugh's gelding has the talented Serena Brotherton on board again and should take all the beating. Carlton Scroop is a C&D winner and was runner-up on the Fibresand earlier this month. The top weight must also be thereabouts in such a weak opener, while Carr Hall and My Mate Mal have the past form to figure.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 12-1 (10-9) Soon in touch, kept on from over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Mustajed (10-7) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Benozzo Gozzoli 11-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, prominent, ridden to lead 3f out, soon headed, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 28l behind Dew Reward (8-13) at Lingfield 2m sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Carr Hall (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Held up in 7th, pushed along 3f out, ridden and struggling 2f out, stayed on towards finish but never on terms, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Warden Bond (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Lil Ella (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 14th of 15, 29l behind Harare (9-7) at Beverley 1m 2f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Northumberland 100-1 (9-4) Tracked leader until ridden over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 12, 19l behind Mount Crystal (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov.
Dawn Mystery 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, driven to challenge 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 7l behind Shenandoah Girl (9-7) at Folkestone 1m 4f stks 0-55 (6) gs in Jun '08.
Harare 33-1 (9-10) Pulled hard in rear, headway under pressure over2f out, stayed on well, never troubled leaders, 4th of 12, 9l behind Captain Bellamy (10-3) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
My Mate Mal 8-1 (9-3) Led, headed 5f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 17l behind Cloudy Start (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Into The Light 16-1 (9-1) Driven to lead after 2f, headed over 7f out, tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, 35l behind Epic (9-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Magnitude 10-1 (10-12) Behind, headway over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Mister Frosty (10-13) at Southwell 1m 3f am hcp 0-52 (6) fbs.
Mystified (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Led early, close up, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 27l behind Record Breaker (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 4f Classified Selling Stakes (0-70) (3yo+) (6) gf in Sep.
Arisea (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, outpaced and lost place 4f out, plugged on again final furlong, 5th of 10, 12l behind Sommersturm (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan.