A prolific winner over track and trip in his younger days, Smalljohn may figure dropping down a grade. Caramack won an apprentices race over 6f here recently and escapes a penalty as a consequence, but SEVERIANO gets another chance. A losing favourite in a couple of starts since returning from a lay-off, Roger Varian's charge can finally open his account on his handicap debut. Magical Rose has claims on her recent placed efforts over today's trip, but Blackthorn Stick failed to cope with a 6lb penalty last week having won here before that.
Smalljohn 33-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, hard ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 11l behind Tellovoi (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs.
Caramack 5-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Parisian Pyramid (9-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Severiano (USA) 10-11fav (9-5) Close up, effort over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd close home, not trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Stun Gun (9-5) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec.
Sewn Up 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Khajaaly (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Lieutenant Dan (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 26l behind Peter's Friend (9-3) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.
Magical Rose (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 5l behind Welsh Sunrise (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Baltic Prince (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 18l behind Maakirr (9-8) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs.
Blackthorn Stick (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 7, 1/2l behind True Spirit (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Mccool Bannanas 5-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon recovered to chase leaders, went 2nd approaching final furlong until inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Dance For Georgie (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Crown Choice 33-1 (9-2) Held up, always in rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Khajaaly (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Clear Loch 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 13l behind Pretty Bubbles (9-2) at Kempton 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Classy Trick (USA) 6-1 (8-8) Led until over 1f out, soon ridden, faded final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Prime Exhibit (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.