Zaffy was sent off favourite on both starts as a two-year-old but needs to improve on her third at Beverley to get off the mark, even at this lowly level. It would be no surprise to see Dandy Nicholls' newcomer John Coffey in the firing-line as he belongs to the same family as useful miler Rabi while the four-year-old Alive And Kicking was placed at Ripon and Pontefract last May. Paul Cole sends Joy To The World up from Lambourn but the vote goes to CONE DONKEY, who was only beaten a head in a Wolverhampton maiden in November. There's no reason why he won't continue his improvement back on turf.
Alive And Kicking 9-4 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Redvers (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Yas Marina (USA) 16-1 (9-3) In touch, weakened over 3f out, last of 18, 42l behind Argocat (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct '10.
Dragon Spirit (IRE) Whipper gelding out of Rustic Princess.
Hadrians Rule (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Very slowly away and lost all of 10 lengths, behind, headway to join rear of group 2f out, ridden and no impression, 8th of 11, 12l behind Noor Zabeel (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn (3) gd in May.
John Coffey (IRE) Acclamation gelding out of Appleblossom Pearl.
Two Cities (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, no extra from 1f out, eased when beaten inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 4l behind Beat The Ballot (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.
Busy Bimbo (IRE) 16-1 (7-12) Dwelt, in rear and soon detched, pushed along and headway well over 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Free Zone (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct.
Cone Donkey (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Chased winner, effort centre over 1f out, kept on close home, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind Compton Ashdown (8-5) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Joy To The World (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly away, ran green in rear, never on terms, 10th of 13, 11l behind Whimsical (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Striking Cat Striking Ambition filly out of Mozie Cat.
Zaffy (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Reared start and slowly away, held up behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Ocean Myth (8-12) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.