KENTFORD GREY LADY is a progressive mare and easily accounted for Violin Davis and Cloudy Spirit in a handicap at Kempton over Christmas. The latter pair re-oppose on better terms here but we're loathe to desert Emma Lavelle's grey, who should have more to offer. Kaffie is also heading in the right direction judged on her latest second to Kells Belle at Sandown and she should stay this longer trip, while Our Girl Salley won a Grade 3 over 2m4f at Leopardstown last month, though this also her first try over 3m. Queens Bay has scope but, like Love Of Tara, appears to have a bit to find at the weights here.
Our Girl Salley (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 3rd 4 out, mistake next and briefly ridden to regain place, travelling best to challenge entering straight, led narrowly last and kept on well under pressure to assert closing stages, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) gd in Dec beating Stephanie Kate (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Cloudy Spirit 9-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, headway on inside approaching 2 out, kept on flat to challenge for well held 3rd closing stages, 4th of 9, 7l behind Kentford Grey Lady (11-0) at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Kaffie 13-8fav (11-0) Chased leader, led and quickened pace 4th, clear from next, still over 4 lengths ahead 2 out, reduced lead and driven before last, no extra and headed flat, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Kells Belle (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f mrs lst hdl (1) sft.
Kentford Grey Lady 5-2fav (11-0) Held up in rear, smooth headway approaching 2 out, led 2 out, driven clear and stayed on strongly from last, won at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec beating Annimation (9-11) by 6l, 9 ran.
Love of Tara 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, struggling in 4th after 3 out, went modest 3rd before 2 out, went right and hit 2 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Kells Belle (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f mrs lst hdl (1) sft.
Queens Bay 6-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 3 out, effort next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Swincombe Flame (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Violin Davis (FR) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before and every chance 2 out, no impression on winner when still disputing 2nd last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Kentford Grey Lady (11-0) at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.