17:50 Southwell Wed 15 January 2020
Sprung a 20-1 surprise when beating his much better fancied stablemate Moonraker (no fluke) over 5f here on New Year's Day (Fibresand debut); 4lb higher in a theoretically weaker race (Class 4); stays this 6f trip without any problems.
Five-time course winner; back on the right track with an improved effort (second) over C&D 12 days ago - beaten 1¾L by the Ruth Carr-trained Katheefa; this race is arguably more competitive with a number of recent winners in the line-up.
Headed inside the final half-furlong when beaten 1L by Fizzy Feet on debut for Mick Appleby (also saddles Airshow) at Lingfield (6f); excuses (met trouble) when a beaten favourite at Wolverhampton next time; beaten by Zylan on sole Fibresand start.
Beat Sunday's winner Al Suil Eile when successful over 7f here on his penultimate start; disappointing when racing keenly in difficult conditions (very windy) on Monday; drops back in trip and that's considered to be a helpful move.
Last Year's Winner
National Anthem (11/8), Airshow (7/4), Zylan (11/4), Private Matter (11/4), Kamra (9/2)
- National Anthem
- Private Matter