STAR OF ST JAMES (5.00) won with such authority over course and distance eight days ago that he is an automatic choice to follow up under his penalty at Southwell.
Richard Fahey has booked 7lb apprentice George Bass and that negates a 5lb rise for winning by more than six lengths last week. Custard The Dragon was well adrift of my selection when they met in October but may have needed that run.
ACQUISITOR (6.30) drops to 5f after three placed efforts over 6f at Kempton and Wolverhampton. Ali Strong fits blinkers and Hollie Doyle takes the mount in this modest maiden. Acquistor was prominent for a long way before fading out of the picture at Kempton nine days ago and an official rating of 68 should make him competitive. Unleash recovered from a slow break to finish a head behind Attaboy Roy over course and distance in early December. That was only his third career start and Bryan Smart's three-year-old may be open to a little improvement.
At Newcastle, the concluding 5f handicap sees Klopp a worthy favourite to supplement his easy course victory but PRIMO'S COMET (4.10) seems overpriced at 10-1. Jim Goldie's sprinter is a previous course and distance winner and wasn't disgraced in fourth behind Lomu in a hotter event last time. He has been dropped 2lb and with Oliver Stammers claiming 5lb, Primo's Comet looks a solid each-way option.