A typical Beverley sprint with a number of chances but AETNA makes strong appeal. She remains a lightly-raced filly who gives the distinct impression of harbouring scope for considerable further progress. The Easterby team appear to be adopting a fairly low-key approach with their charge who seems impervious to any change in ground conditions. She was always travelling like the winner on her Newcastle reappearance and is taken to defy a 6lb rise for that victory. Bondesire compiled a consistent profile in decent handicap sprint company last term and should be in the mix once again whilst Normal Equilibrium is shortlisted for a yard that excels with sprinters. Top Boy has a chance of some each-way money off the bottom perch.
Blaine 40-1 (8-12) Raced far side, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, weakened approaching final 2f, last of 20, 17l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Aetna 3-1 (8-12) In touch, smooth headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft beating Rusty Rocket (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Singeur (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 8th of 11, 7l behind Aetna (8-12) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Chooseday (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 18, 15l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Normal Equilibrium 11-1 (8-11) Hampered start, held up, headway over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 9l behind Ashpan Sam (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Bondesire 10-1 (8-4) Led, headed over 3f out, tracked leaders, rallied to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Even Stevens (8-7) at Catterick 5f hcp 0-100 (2) hvy in Oct.
Tumblewind 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Ambitious Icarus (8-7) at Ripon 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Bedloe's Island (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Difficult to load, went right start, behind, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Barracuda Boy (9-7) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Hadaj 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Flyman (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Mar.
Arctic Feeling (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) In rear, outpaced over 2f out, ridden 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 6l behind Trinityelitedotcom (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Dec.
Lastchancelucas 25-1 (8-5) In touch, effort well over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Aetna (8-12) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Top Boy 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) pol beating Bapak Bangsawan (9-0) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.