STAR LILY has a penalty to carry for her quite impressive victory at Wetherby where she was always travelling nicely. Providing she handles this testing ground she can go in again. Buckboru was a 100/1 chance when a very good third to Rhythm Star in heavy ground at Taunton and looks an obvious threat if the selection fails to handle the conditions. Georgian Firebird showed little on her opening run at Wetherby but can be expected to improve while the betting may tell us more about the prospects of the remainder.
Star Lily (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov beating Shanendou (10-12) by 3l, 14 ran.
Belanna 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-1) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Buckboru (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Raced wide, towards rear, headway 6f out, soon chased leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not reach front pair, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Rhythm Star (10-5) at Taunton 2m 1f mrs N H flat (5) hvy in Jan.
Preacher's Belle Courteous mare out of Moonshine Malt.
Georgian Firebird 14-1 (10-7) Held up in touch on inside, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 4th of 8, 16l behind Molly Cat (10-10) at Wetherby 1m 5f fll 4yo N H flat (6) sft in Jan.
Lady Busanda Fair Mix filly out of Spirit Of Ecstacy.