AKKADIAN EMPIRE (2.20) will be difficult to knock out of the frame at Southwell and rates a cracking each-way bet at odds of around 13-2.
Iain Jardine's gelding split Brotherly Company and Luv U Whatever here in mid-January, with Ingleby Spring back in fifth. Luv U Whatever came out and landed a gamble at Chelmsford City last week and Jamie Gormley can still claim 3lb off Akkadian Empire back in this apprentices' contest.
Star Ascending is on a hat-trick and thrives on the Fibresand. The handicapper will catch up with his one day and a 6lb penalty for last week's success makes life tougher.
Leonard Thomas was a head behind Star Ascendency when they met here last month and is 10lb better off.
Stamina will play a huge part in the 2m 2f handicap and CAGED LIGHTNING (2.55) has run well enough over distances up to three miles over hurdles to suggest he could be the answer to this intriguing contest.
Steve Gollings has booked 5lb claimer William Cox and Caged Lightning has shown winning form on the Fibresand in the past, scoring off today's mark over 1m 6f.
MISTER MUSIC (4.00) sprung a 33-1 shock on his last trip to Southwell and should make a bold bid to follow up.
Apprentice Aled Beech delivered his challenge from quite well off the pace that day and the race is sure to be run at a fierce gallop with the likes of Queens Royale and Angel Palanas in the line-up.
Queens Royale is held by Mister Music on their last run, while the free-running Angel Palanas goes a furlong further this time.
Sooqaan drops back in trip after his recent facile success over a mile and has been raised 10lb.
- Southwell 2.20 – Akkadian Empire ew (13-2, Paddy Power, Betfred)
- Southwell 2.55 – Caged Lightning ew (5-1, McBookie, Paddy Power, Betfred)
- Southwell 4.00 – Mister Music ew (11-2, Paddy Power)
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